Monday, February 18, 2013

The Commitment To Work/Life Balance

For several years I've been reading studies on work/life balance. The problem is that for many, work-life balance is just a concept that's predicated on the benevolence of one's employer.
In case you don't know what work/life balance is, it's simply having enough time for work and enough time to have a life outside of work; thus the term, work/life balance.
In spite of the abundance of studies that highlight the benefits of employees who are "well-balanced," it's very common to find employees who just put their heads down, and plow forward and never think about the lack of balance in their lives - a lack of balance that prevents them from thinking about things like...'I haven't spent any quality time in weeks with my spouse or child'...or the fact that one's children are being raised by the woman at daycare who is technically "mothering" them.
Ironically, we all agree, that on one's deathbed, no one wishes they spent more time at work. From that perspective, work-life balance should not be a mere concept that is dictated by the employer, but rather a lifestyle that is chosen by the conscientious employee; giving rise to the importance of work structure and deliverables as major negotiating points. That's when work/life balance becomes a commitment, not a concept.
Below, Nigel Marsh explains his work-life balance convictions.

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