The Balancing Act: Work Versus Home
The previous section is not meant to imply that the job is in any way on par with home and family. It's not. Sure, there are many people who put work and career at the top of the heap, but they often neglect their spouses and children along the way. They let their interior lives suffer, and permit quality time with their loved ones to pass them by, never to be recaptured. Ideally, a professional life and personal life should be a part of one healthy whole. Because unless you've inherited a fortune, work and career are essential for living. But there's no need for work and career to elbow out a rich home life. There's no reason that you have to choose between one or the other.
It's a popular cliché to say that workers must learn to balance their home and work lives. Your role as a coach is not to do the balancing for them. You've got enough to do in the confines of the workplace itself. However, if you do all the things that elevate your people as worker commodities — encourage creativity, provide challenging job roles, and grow skills — you're helping employees cultivate passion for their jobs.
Passion for work and self-confidence in doing a job can't help but go home with employees. There are no guarantees in life, and you have no magic wand to wave that will make everybody in your employ a happy camper. However, you can make your people productive campers, and in so doing hope that the right stuff on the job filters down to their lives at home.
Enhance your employees' private lives by making them want to come to work for you. A productive and satisfying day at work can't help but seep down to life at home. An unhappy and disagreeable work experience will dribble down, too, and that's something you don't want to be responsible for.