In today’s competitive market, being a business leader is an increasingly demanding job. In a constant state of overdrive, keeping up with both work and your personal life may seem impossible at times.
As the CEO of a growing company, I know all too well how difficult it can be to strike a healthy balance when you are burning the candle at both ends. Since my partner, Eugene, and I started S-NET together, both my business and my family have grown. Throughout the years, I missed out on important family occasions and many opportunities to spend time with my boys.
But thankfully, I learned how to manage my work and personal time more efficiently. And ironically – or maybe serendipitously – it was our own technology that enabled me to be more present in both of my roles as a father and business leader.
Here are some of the ways that I used technology to maintain a healthy work-life balance.
I Stay Connected On-the-Go
It’s important to me to be available whenever my team needs my support or guidance. But being accessible no longer means having to sit in the office 24/7. With a VoIP mobile app installed to my cell phone, I can place or take important business calls any time, from anywhere using my corporate caller ID and extension. I no longer have to sacrifice my personal time or the success of my company – I can spend time with my family while also being available for my team if needed.
For example, I can participate in an important conference call while I am driving home to see my family. I can read a transcript of any urgent voicemail while at my son’s soccer practice. And with the new SMS messaging feature, I can even text ideas and plans to my team from my cell phone when inspiration strikes.
I Work Remotely
With the wide range of cloud-based collaboration features right at my fingertips, I can go on vacation with my family or stay home when one of my boys is sick without missing out on important meetings. I can sit in front of my laptop at home or in a hotel room and talk to clients or collaborate with my team as if I was at the office.
I can easily place or receive business calls with my VoIP desktop application and automatically access important customer insights with each call. Additionally, with all the videoconferencing, screen sharing and multimedia annotation capabilities of unified collaboration tools, I can work with my team as if we shared a conference room. We can review reports or financial documents, participate in product design sessions, and create elaborate project plans, all while viewing the same content from around the world.
I Strive for Efficiency
I have also found that one of the best ways to create guilt-free time for my family is making the most of the hours I have at the office. The more critical tasks I can check off my list during the day, the more personal time I have after hours.
With a VoIP desktop application, I can see if specific members of my team are available, on a call or away from their desks, so I don’t waste time playing phone tag with them. Voicemail-to-text transcriptions enable me to skim through my messages faster and avoid spending time on listening to spam. And with click-to-call enabled on my browser, I can place calls with just a couple of clicks.
As both my team and I become more efficient and take care of critical tasks during work hours, it becomes easier to enjoy my time off with my family.
Business is more competitive than ever and you may also find yourself in the tough position of having to choose between your career and your personal life. But technology can go a long way in helping you strike a healthier balance to be present in both of your roles. Unified collaboration tools allow you to stay connected to your business without sacrificing weekends and vacation time altogether. Take advantage of all the functionalities at your disposal and you will not regret it.