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Today we’re talking about our work-life balance. Of course: All in English!

Benvenuti al Conversation Club di MPEC

Navigating the fine line between our professional and personal lives has never been more challenging. As work models evolve with remote and flexible options, the conversation around a balanced, healthy workweek becomes crucial. In this discussion, we’ll explore how to strike that balance, questioning whether traditional approaches are outdated and what new strategies might better suit our lifestyles. Let’s get started.

Prepared for you by: My Personal English Coach

Today, it’s ALL about phrasal verbs! Try including these in your conversations:

  • Wind Down 🌙 UK pron: /waɪnd/
    • Meaning: To relax or take time off from work or a stressful situation.
    • Sample Sentence: After a long week, I like to wind down with a good book.
  • Burn Out 🔥
    • Meaning: To become exhausted from overwork or stress.
    • Sample Sentence: If you keep working 12-hour days, you’re going to burn out.
  • Catch Up 🗓
    • Meaning: To update someone or oneself on missed information or events.
    • Sample Sentence: Let’s catch up over coffee and discuss how you’ve been balancing work and family life.
  • Cut Back ✂️
    • Meaning: To reduce or lessen in quantity or extent.
    • Sample Sentence: I’ve cut back on my working hours to spend more time with my family.
  • Check Out 👀
    • Meaning: To investigate or take a look at something.
    • Sample Sentence: You should check out that new course on time management; it could help you balance work and personal life.
  • Set Aside 📦
    • Meaning: To reserve or save something, usually time or resources.
    • Sample Sentence: I set aside time every weekend to pursue my hobbies and it helps improve my work-life balance.
  • Weigh Up ⚖️
    • Meaning: To evaluate or consider the pros and cons of something.
    • Sample Sentence: I need to weigh up the benefits and downsides of working from home.
  • Take Up 🎣
    • Meaning: To start a new hobby or activity.
    • Sample Sentence: I’ve taken up yoga to help improve my work-life balance.
  • Hand In 📑
    • Meaning: To submit or give something, usually paperwork or assignments.
    • Sample Sentence: I’ll hand in my report early, so I can leave work on time today.
  • Come Across
    • Meaning: To find or discover something, sometimes accidentally.
    • Sample Sentence: I came across some interesting research that suggests taking short breaks can improve your work-life balance.

Download the glossary of 7 advanced terms we used in the questions below

Round 1 – Let’s Warm Up

  1. Do you think the traditional 9-to-5 work schedule is outdated and how might a more flexible schedule improve work-life balance?
  2. Have you heard of the concept of job crafting? It’s a psychological approach that empowers individuals to shape their job in a way that better suits their life. What are your thoughts on this?
  3. What’s your opinion on unlimited holiday policies? Do they genuinely improve work-life balance, or do they make employees feel guilty about taking time off?
  4. Do you think remote work has improved or worsened your work-life balance and why?

Round 2: Let’s Explore it!

  1. In Scandinavia, the work culture highly values work-life balance. Could such an approach be feasible in other parts of the world?
  2. There’s a growing trend of people adopting a four-day workweek. Do you think it could be a solution to achieving a better work-life balance?
  3. What are some practical ways to shape a healthy work-life balance without sacrificing career growth?
  4. How do you manage to disconnect from work during your time off, and do you think this is crucial for maintaining a healthy work-life balance?

Round 3: Dig Deep

  1. Is achieving a perfect work-life balance a myth or a reachable goal?
  2. According to studies, multitasking can actually reduce productivity. Do you find multitasking helpful or harmful when trying to maintain a work-life balance?
  3. What role do you think technology plays in both helping and hindering work-life balance?
  4. Do you think a good work-life balance is more about managing time or managing energy?

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