Is there really such thing as a recruiter's work-life balance?

The answer isn't so simple because it depends on a range of factors, the most important being — how flexible is your employer?

If your employer is strictly rigid and allows no flexibility, then there's a good chance your work-life balance will be pretty terrible. We're sorry, but it might even be time to look elsewhere!

On the other hand, if your employer is open-minded, understanding and allows for flexibility, then there's a good chance your work-life balance is pretty healthy.So what do we mean when we talk about work-life balance? A good balance means the different aspects of your life (such as work, family, lifestyle) are in harmony.

A recent Seek study shows that work-life balance means different things to different people.

Some believe that it includes flexibility in hours and work location, whilst others believe it means no overtime. Others again believe it means no disruption to their home life, while others believe it means having the ability to bank the time they work.Interestingly, there is also a movement towards more of a work-life integration rather than a balance. This concept encourages a blend of work and life commitments, rather than a distinct line drawn between the two.The amount of employers who are recognising the benefits of a healthy work-life balance is increasing — happy, healthy people mean productive employees. If someone works long hours, with no time for exercise and healthy eating, they're going to get sick more often which impacts on their job. In contrast, if someone maintains their fitness and a healthy diet, they're much less likely to get sick, and much more likely to be productive and motivated at work.

Whatever it means to you, it's an obvious concept that we should all strive to adopt. The culture of "living to work" has passed, and we're now in a culture where the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle outside of work is encouraged and promoted.