Work-life conflict for coaches is a common trend for all levels including youth, high school, and collegiate sports (Nein, 2016). In order to live a life of greater satisfaction, follow these three strategies for increased balance between work and life.
Strategy 1: Intentionally focus on strategies that limit work-life conflict.
- Communicate schedules, priorities, and future goals with your significant other and colleagues to better coordinate, understand, connect, and organize life in a functional manner.
- Efficiently work to complete the most important tasks at hand by prioritizing daily responsibilities and beginning the day prepared with the knowledge of what has to be accomplished during the workday.
- Organize training sessions to prioritize what is important for the athletes to learn and efficiently move through these ideas to decrease practice time. As the season moves along and fewer concepts need to be introduced to the athletes, training times can be shortened.
Strategy 2: Establish professional boundaries between work and personal life.
- Schedule hobbies, family events, and personal activities within an itinerary just like office hours and work activities. Pursuing pleasurable activities away from work allows coaches to have higher levels of vigor and lower levels of fatigue upon returning to the job situation (Van Hoof, Geurts, Beckers, & Kompier, 2011).
- Establish work hours away from the office that are realistic in order to accomplish both personal life activities and work tasks.
- Personal health must remain a priority throughout the year by ensuring a consistent healthy diet and work-out regimen even at the busiest times.
- When interviewing, look for organizational policy that focuses on positive family interaction such as time-flexible work policies, maternity/paternity leave, on-site childcare, health insurance benefits, and spousal hiring programs.
Strategy 3: Develop a relationship with a mentor that has successfully created harmony between work pursuits and life activities.
- The social support that a mentor can provide will assist with maintaining balance and keeping healthy boundaries.
- Each person communicates about successes and difficulties to create learning opportunities of working towards a balanced life.
- Support from mentors and supervisors has been found to be an important factor in facilitating work-family harmony (Mazzerolle & Goodman, 2013).
Increased balance in work and life has the opportunity to establish harmony within all aspects of the coaches life. Employ each strategy on a daily basis and your successes will increase for both personal and professional life.
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Mazzerolle, S. M., & Goodman, A. (2013). Fulfillment of work-life balance from the organizational perspective: A case study. Journal of Athletic Training, 48(5), 513-522.
Nein, B. (2016). Work-family conflict among youth, high school, and collegiate soccer coaches. (Unpublished doctoral dissertation). United States Sports Academy, Daphne, AL.
Van Hoof, M. L. M., Geurts, S. A. E., Beckers, D. G. J., & Kompier, M. A. J. (2011). Daily recovery from work: The role of activities, effort and pleasure. Work & Stress, 25(1), 55-74.