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

Institute of Human Capital, SGH Warsaw School of Economics, al. Niepodległości 162, 02554 Warsaw, Poland
Sustainability 2021, 13(2), 697; https://doi.org/10.3390/su13020697
Received: 18 December 2020 / Revised: 11 January 2021 / Accepted: 12 January 2021 / Published: 13 January 2021
Presently, 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 analyze 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 analyze 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. In addition, 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. View Full-Text
Keywords: work-life balance; work-life enrichment; outside-of-work activity; sustainable human capital development; COVID-19 pandemic work-life balance; work-life enrichment; outside-of-work activity; sustainable human capital development; COVID-19 pandemic
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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. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13020697

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Mikołajczyk, Katarzyna. 2021. "Sustainable Development of an Individual as a Result of Mutual Enrichment of Professional and Personal Life" Sustainability 13, no. 2: 697. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13020697

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