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Work–life balance

Listen to a radio interview about maintaining a good work–life balance to practise and improve your listening skills.

Do the preparation task first. Then listen to the audio and do the exercises.



Language level

Intermediate: B1


i do believe that work-life balance is one of the most important things we should care about in order to be successful,so i always try to do every thing within an order.i think that work hours must be predefined and there must be a commitment to do the job things exactly as much as those hours in a day.not more and not less.and then we should have our free times to be ready to go on our work next my free times i try to include different things that i think i need them in my life.although one important thing that can always help is flexibility, for example we can do part of our work in the evening or night and have our free time in the morning or afternoon , this needs a little of scheduling skills that one can achieve during life.

How do you manage your work–life balance?

At Shipping and Logistics Industry, we have long working hours and it is more like mixed Traditional and Modern Working environments. For example, if our shipments are not very important or customers give us flexible timing and schedule then we can be flexible, can take works to our home with Laptops.

But when the shipments are urgent and very important, or we have the meetings with our Top Level Management, then we have to do overtime working, even we need to work on the weekend and holidays, until the important shipments are done and problems solved. But we can also delegate some of our tasks to the team, so we can take the leave turn by turn basis. Normally, we have weekend off days and I try to take complete rest and off the grid myself, if things are not too important and urgent.

I work fixed hours. I never work at the week end, public holidays or my annual holiday. I never take work home.

Work is important but if we can't keep up balance between work and other activities than this will indirectly put harmful effects on our work so we must have to look up to all other activities which promote health and brain growth and keep our behaviour good which inturn will create good effect on our work. So if we have to consider this important point in mind that work and such activities are related to each other

At my workplace we have a day with remote job. It really is usefull.

Working in modern work place seems nice because of flexibility, on the other hand you need to be ready to work all the time even 2 am! For example people who work in telecom maintenance.


I am little bit confused about this sentence: "This is called working overtime"

why is "working" used after "call"?. I think it must be a noun.

Could someone explain? thanks.

"This is called working overtime." It's a sentence in passive voice, and it refers to the action of stay late in the office and work in the evenings.

To make a passive voice you need:

This + is + called + working overtime
Subject + the verb. To be + past participle of the main verb + complement

Thank you.