At work we’re going through several exercises to determine our group’s core values. It’s a great exercise to participate in and one that I think everyone needs to go through at some point – I think it would be great for families. More on that at a later time.
We split up into groups based on eight keywords that were predetermined by an earlier exercise. Everyone picked the word/phrase that resonated with them the most. Small groups were formed based on this choosing and we had 30 minutes to massage a message from that keyword, which could later be turned into a core value for the department.
Balance was one of the words so naturally I volunteered for it. It’s something I believe in and I think that if more companies promoted balance in people’s lives they would have more productive employees.
One of the interesting parts about this short exercise were some of the words we came up with that described how we each though of balance: harmony, peace, authenticity, alignment. My focus was mainly on work/life balance, butÂ you need balance in all segments of your life and all segments of work.
One phrase that we came up with was being your authentic self. I love this. If you are true to who you might naturally find balance in all that you do.
You’ll have a job that you enjoy because it’s part of who you are. If at work, you are true to who you are at home, coworkers might get along better because they respect that you have another part of your life that is important. that you respect your job and that you respect your family. Both are important, and that you just have to balance all of it.
It was a great exercise today. If you have some time today, take a moment to share what you think balance means in your life.