By Rayna Burgett
What is work-life balance? Exactly how it sounds—the balance between your work and the rest of your life. The status of American work-life balance is poor, with the U.S. being the most overworked first-world nation. Ninety-four percent of service professionals work more than 50 hours per week, and nearly 66 percent admit they have no work-life balance.
The risk factors that come into play when a healthy work-life balance is not maintained include unhealthy stress levels for prolonged periods. The effects include poor mental and physical health, hindering office productivity, and enjoying a full life.
Workplace burnout can increase the risk of mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, mood disturbances, substance abuse, workplace injuries, and interpersonal conflict between coworkers. Overworking can also affect individuals' physical health, with 745,000 people dying each year from heart-related diseases due to overworking, according to a global study from the World Health Organization.
One local general contractor —CHASSE Building Team—decided they needed to do more to support their employees' physical and mental health. As CHASSE founder and president Barry Chasse always says, “team” is in the name for a reason.
The award-winning, employee-owned general contractor is working to proactively increase employee wellness across the health spectrum through its newly launched CHASSEing Healthy initiative.
“CHASSEing Healthy is a health and wellness initiative we launched in the summer of 2022 with the goal of bettering our teammates' overall health and work-life balance,” says Savannah Stratman of CHASSE Building Team.
According to Stratman, there are three main pillars to CHASSEing Healthy:
· CHASSE Eats, which focuses on food and nutrition
· CHASSE Gains, which addresses movement and exercise
· CHASSE Headspace, which dives deep as it relates to mindfulness, mental well- being, and behavioral health
Each pillar is led by teammates who are passionate about that particular vertical. Together with fellow advocates, these committees develop resources, host events, and push innovative health and wellness challenges to their teammates through formal and informal means.
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This article originally appeared in the bimonthly Arizona Contractor & Community magazine, May/Jun 2023 issue, Vol. 12, No. 3.