Discover how neglecting work-life balance can lead to the demise of employee—and organizational—well-being.

Christopher Gabriel

November 9, 2023


In today’s modern work environments, stress and burnout are known all too well. The demands of work, coupled with the ever-connected digital world, can take a toll on employees' well-being and performance.

This article will explore the alarming consequences of neglecting a healthy work-life balance and why it should be prioritized by—and for—employers and employees.

Physical well-being

A work-heavy lifestyle often means neglecting physical health. Long hours and sedentary desk jobs leave little time for exercise or a balanced diet, contributing to an increase in health problems. This in turn leads to a rise in sick leave, resulting in increased absenteeism and a reduced workforce.

Emotional well-being

Many people are constantly connected to work through their phone, making it almost impossible to ever fully switch-off. This leaves employees at risk of burn out from the relentless demands of work. Overlooking work-life balance creates an unhealthy work environment, where employees are constantly on the edge of exhaustion, stress, and anxiety.



Ironically, poor work-life balance can actually harm productivity. Tired, disengaged teams likely lack the mental clarity to be able to perform at their best, leading to a decline in work efficiency. Pursuing endless work hours isn’t going to help employees or the business, and could instead have make-or-break consequences for the company.

The bottom line

Neglecting a work-life balance results in unhappy and unhealthy employees who are more prone to absenteeism and poor performance. The costs of lost revenue or replacing employees are astronomical, affecting the financial health of the organization.

Discover how to nurture work-life balance through Virtusan’s holistic approach to wellness in the next article in the series: Balance Work & Life