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  • Writer's pictureManny Suárez

Simplifying Success: A Journey Towards Meaningful Work-Life Balance




In our rapidly evolving society, “mental health” and “work-life balance” are crucial terms that resonate with many, yet their profound implications are often overlooked. Mental health encompasses our emotional, psychological, and social well-being, affecting how we think, feel, and act, especially in the face of stress. Work-life balance involves a harmonious blend of professional responsibilities and personal life, a state where neither aspect overwhelms the other, allowing for a healthy, fulfilling life.


The corporate world has traditionally prioritized financial metrics such as EBITDA over the well-being of its employees. This approach often leads to a culture where personal time for activities like exercise, family events, or even recovering from illness is undervalued, creating a zero-sum game that leaves little room for personal growth or happiness.


The decision my family and I made to relocate to Spain was driven by a desire to escape this relentless pressure and to discover a lifestyle more aligned with our values—one that prioritizes happiness, health, and family well-being above material success. This journey was deeply personal, especially following the loss of my father in 2018, which led me to question the true value of our relentless pursuit of material wealth. The most precious memories I hold of my father are not of material possessions but of simple, joyful moments we shared. This realization was a catalyst for our search for simplicity and quality time, elements we believed to be fundamental for a truly contented life.


This quest for simplicity is not just a personal journey but a global awakening to the realization that happiness cannot be measured by the quantity of one’s possessions. My transition to a minimalist lifestyle in Spain—embracing a smaller living space and foregoing car ownership in favor of walking and public transport—has brought an unexpected sense of freedom and satisfaction into my life. This simpler way of living has not only reduced the stress associated with managing and maintaining material possessions but has also rekindled a sense of joy in the small, everyday experiences.


Drawing parallels between personal life changes and the need for corporate reform, it’s clear that businesses too can benefit from embracing simplicity. The intricate web of procedures, meetings, and bureaucratic red tape that characterizes many corporate environments not only generates stress but also detracts from productivity and employee well-being. Simplification in the corporate context should involve critically evaluating and streamlining processes, reducing unnecessary meetings, and improving communication to eliminate inefficiencies and foster a more engaging, less stressful work environment.


For corporations to truly embrace simplification, it requires a cultural shift that starts at the top. Leadership must champion this change, demonstrating a commitment to enhancing employee well-being and recognizing that a healthy, balanced workforce is integral to long-term success. This can involve adopting flexible work arrangements, encouraging regular breaks, and fostering an environment where employees feel valued and heard.


Implementing these changes is not without its challenges, especially in large, established organizations. It requires a deliberate, sustained effort to examine existing practices, identify areas for simplification, and engage employees at all levels in the process. However, the benefits of such a transformation—ranging from increased employee satisfaction and productivity to improved overall company performance—are profound.


As we navigate the complexities of modern life, both individually and within corporate structures, the pursuit of simplicity and balance becomes increasingly vital. By redefining our priorities and reimagining our work environments, we can create a more sustainable, fulfilling future for ourselves and future generations.

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