Workplace Antics

Are We Nearing the End of Work-Life Balance?

October 2, 2017

Are We Nearing the End of Work-Life Balance?

No, but you need to think about it differently.


Work-life balance is a term that came about around the 1980’s and was used to really describe the separation between your work and your lifestyle. This means that when you clock into work, you are in work mode. Then, when you clock out at the end of the day, you can now go and live your life. The issue with this is that the term work-life balance makes them seem like two totally independent things, which is not the way work should be.

We all have different lifestyles. Different hobbies and interests. As opposed to work-life balance, work-life integration encourages employees to bring their different lifestyle’s into the workplace. Our lives do not go on hold when we clock in and resume when we clock out. Our lives are constantly being intermixed and every company needs to realize that. If we spend around 75-80% of our waking hours at work, we shouldn’t be checking our lives out at the door. We should allow employees lifestyles to flourish within every organization. Adapting to how they want to live their life and allowing them to work with their lifestyle still intact.

So update your thinking from work-life balance to work-life integration, and enjoy it each and every day!

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