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Sustainable Development of an Individual as a Result of Mutual Enrichment of Professional and Personal Life

Version 1 : Received: 18 December 2020 / Approved: 21 December 2020 / Online: 21 December 2020 (16:04:46 CET)

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Mikołajczyk, K. Sustainable Development of an Individual as a Result of Mutual Enrichment of Professional and Personal Life. Sustainability 2021, 13, 697. Mikołajczyk, K. Sustainable Development of an Individual as a Result of Mutual Enrichment of Professional and Personal Life. Sustainability 2021, 13, 697.

Journal reference: Sustainability 2021, 13, 697
DOI: 10.3390/su13020697

Abstract

Nowadays, the development of civilization requires a vision of balancing the interests of employees and employers in the sphere of work as never before. Work-life balance is directly linked to social sustainability. The aim of this article is to analyse various dimensions of mutual enrichment of the professional and private life of an individual and to describe how positive experiences in professional and non-professional life influence the improvement of satisfaction, health and achievements, thus enabling the sustainable development of the individual. The conducted research was of a qualitative nature. Thematic exploration was used to analyse the findings of 34 in-depth interviews with experienced HR managers and employees at various levels of enterprises in Poland. The research shows that the work and personal life of the respondents interact, complement, and enrich in different ways, depending on the stage of the employee’s life. Habits developed by practicing a specific sport discipline or other type of hobby are helpful in the effective implementation of professional tasks. Also, non-professional interests, including communing with culture and art have a positive impact on professional activities. On the other hand, the respondents emphasized that thanks to their professional activities, specific to the type of work they perform, they are sometimes more extroverted, meticulous, organized and consistent when performing activities outside of work and in other aspects of private life.

Subject Areas

work-life balance; work-life enrichment; outside-of-work activity; sustainable human capital development; COVID-19 pandemic

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