Unplugging: The Importance of Work-Life Balance

Last year, our team at Culture Spark tried something new: we decided to unplug from technology for a day. The experience was so enlightening that we’ve decided to make it an annual tradition, especially in honor of Stress Awareness Month. As I reflect on my own screen-free day, I can’t help but share what this brief digital detox taught me about the importance of disconnecting in our hyper-connected world.

I found myself reminiscing about life before cell phones, a time that feels both distant and nostalgically simple. It reminded me of my college days and the early years of my career when there was a clear demarcation between work and personal time—what we used to call work-life separation. Over the years, this concept evolved into work-life balance and now, it seems, work-life integration. However, while spending a full day unplugged, it dawned on me how much of our lives we surrender to screens and how liberating it feels to reclaim that time, if only for a day.

Inspired by this, I’ve committed to unplugging far more frequently than once a year. The benefits of disconnecting, even temporarily, are too significant to ignore. It’s not just about reducing stress or enhancing productivity; it’s about reconnecting with ourselves and the world around us in a more meaningful way. I encourage you, whether you’re part of our team or the broader community, to try this for yourself. Unplug for a day, or even just a few hours, and see how it transforms your perspective.

In the spirit of fostering a healthier work-life balance and promoting healthy work practices, Culture Spark is dedicated to guiding organizations in building a culture that serves as a competitive advantage. We believe that a strong company culture not only enhances employee well-being but also aligns with business goals to improve performance across the board. If your organization is looking to transform its culture into one that supports both personal well-being and professional excellence, Culture Spark is here to lead the way. Join us in redefining what it means to work in harmony with life, creating spaces where individuals and businesses alike can thrive.

– Sheryl Lyons, Culture Spark Founder and President

That’s our spark, what’s yours?