Pune’s working professionals are most often complaining about how stress is taking a toll on their well being; lifestyle ailments, nagging backaches and spondylitis are on the rise in the city.
We decided to check on the work pressure they face and how often they get a chance to take-off from work, to allow their bodies to recharge..
Sakshi Arora, Journalist: I take two holidays at least every month. However, if I had the liberty to take as many leaves as I want, I would work only four days a week. It is not because I don’t like my work but because I have noticed that whenever I have done that, my productivity has increased manifold.
Sudhanshu Ramteke, Stand-up Comedian: I plan my schedule in a way such that I get at least two long breaks in a calendar year. One to travel, and the other to spend time with the family. 2017 has been rather hectic and other than few short trips, I haven’t had the chance to take a long break to travel. I believe that planning is the key and managing work commitments around that period is crucial. Failing to keep that balance affects the break and keeps the mind occupied with work related things.
Deepanita Ghosh, Writer: Despite Pune’s has amazing weekend getaways, taking off to travel is a real issue, when you are busy working. I barely get holidays due to the work pressure.
Aditya Kapoor, Video Editor: It depends on how happy you are with your work. If your work is your passion, you may not mind working even on weekends.
But if it’s some crazy job that you don’t enjoy, then will have to rephrase the question to- How often do you actually want to go to work? I take off very rarely.
My work schedule is very tiring and requires me to work rigorously throughout the day. I take leaves once in 3 months.
Sayali Sharma, Finance Associate: Working in the corporate sector has made me live with chaos. Even though I have leave, I can’t take a day off from work, thanks to work commitments and regular meetings. Although there are several events that are organised for our entertainment, a day off from work works better. Quite often, I have to work in a 12-hour schedule to meet deadlines and even work overnight to co-ordinate with the employees working from abroad.
I don’t think that I can take a day off from work now, but given an option, I would like to take at least two long weekends to visit my family in Mumbai and the other to relax and party.
Pritesh Gupta, Insurance Claim Negotiator: Apart from the regular weekends off, I make sure I take another 2 days off in a month which amounts to around 10 holidays a month. Taking breaks, relaxes my mind and body and gets me refreshed and motivated to work, When my mind and body is at ease, it simplifies my 9 hours in the office and it shows up in my productivity.
I believe that only when one is happy, you keep the others happy!
#All views expressed in this feature are those of the individual respondents and Pune365 does not necessarily subscribe to them.
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