Recruitment’s never been a 9-5 job. You fit your availability around your candidates and clients, because that’s what pays the bills. This is the first barrier to achieving a balance. You’re never likely to not respond to a contact, no matter what time of the day it is. And this is probably why your employer is so keen to get your work emails on your personal phone.
Many people will raise at least one eyebrow to the suggestion that a balance of work and life is possible in recruitment. The old rulebook will dictate that if you’re in the industry, you should be working hard and accept that your time outside the office will diminish. It’s a fair exchange for the high financial reward.