leisure as an indicator of quality of life, we ended up saying that we will
look into two more facts related to leisure: the quality of leisure and the
activities engaged during leisure.
leisure is equally a complex subject involving different aspects depending upon
the individual’s choice of engaging himself during leisure; the choices are
plenty, and common among them are entertainment, family, sports, social
institutions, spiritual concern. Each choice lends itself to many more
subdivisions like entertainment covering music, films, etc. This quality of
leisure is inseparably linked with the activities undertaken during leisure.
One very vital
fact has to be considered while discussing leisure: work and life balance and
the satisfaction an individual is able to derive from the kind of work-life
balance pattern that has been established.
factors that actually make achieving work-life balance very difficult, one is
long working hours. If a person has to spend very long working hours, say, 10
or 11 hours, he finds it very difficult, almost impossible to enjoy leisure. In
fact, one must be really active and energetic as much as he is at work, to
enjoy leisure. An exhausted person is incapable of doing any activities of hobby
with satisfaction. Even to sit down and listen to music, you need a mind and a
body that is not too tired. In addition, long working hours deprive one of the
time for family. A tired person, however
much he may be willing to spend time with the family, generally prefers rest to
even spending time with the family. Disappointment and discontent take away the
possibility of satisfaction in leisure. Indeed, you are free from work; but you
are not free enough at time to actively enjoy leisure. If this kind of life has
been there for long, one will not be even aware of the fact that he is missing
the right kind of balance between work and life.
Long hours need
not necessarily be the working hours only. If the commuting time is too much,
it makes the hours away from home more, though not actually at work.
Depending on the
money you can spend on commuting, the effect of long hours can be exhausting or
otherwise least negative in its effect on the person. If you have a chauffeur
to drive you to work and home back, commuting will not be a problem at all. On
the other hand, you have to drive yourself or you depend on public transport or
even transport arranged by the company, commuting will not be so comfortable
but time consuming.
balance between work and life becomes almost a rare experience if both the
parents of a family have to go for work due to necessity. Often, the two of
them will have different work-schedule and it will not permit them to go for
work and reach home back at the same time. This is the common lot of many
middle class families and the children of such families miss the parents’ time
employer, all these disturbing facts will not be there generally. He can choose
his leisure and he can choose how to spend his leisure. An employee can take
his family once in a while to some places of tourist attraction and for this
pleasure trip, he may have to plan before hand with regard to saving of money.
Again, an employer can afford vacations but an employee can take holidays. We
find, therefore, the way one chooses his leisure and the activities for the
leisure brings out his financial status. The leisure of the wealthy employer
will be different from the leisure of the employee.
Where GDP is
higher, it suggests the employee may have more money at his disposal,
generally, and he can enjoy his leisure better than an employee of poor GDP
We will move on
to some other quality-indicator in relation to GDP next time.