The term ‘work life’ balance is misleading. Your life cannot start after you step out of your work office. Your work is a huge part of who you are and where you spend most of your day.
The corporate lifestyle requires a specific mindset, strong determination and robust resilience. You must be willing to throw out the rule book and make your own set of rules. This includes the mythical work-life balance.
There are two schools of thoughts which exist in this matter. One states that work-life balance is a myth while other believes that it can be achieved.
Work- Life Balance is a myth
- The emergence of globalization, mobility and 24*7connectivity and support has made the concept of a ‘work-life balance’ outdated. People working with clients of different time zone face major challenges in maintaining work-life balance.
- The desire for better living standards and senior positions make employees work harder and even for extended hours, which results in a poor work-life balance.
- In some of the developing countries due to availability of cheap labors employers tend to exploit employees and make them work for more than stipulated work hours.
- To make ends meet some people take multiple jobs that ultimately leave no time for other things.
Work- Life Balance can be achieved
- Organizations are continuously making efforts to make work places better and happier. They do understand the need for a work –life balance and are employing various techniques such as flexible timings, multiple shifts to choose from, remote working etc.
- With the advent of modern technology companies are providing flexibility to work anywhere, anytime, shunning fewer fixed working hours and more outcome-driven projects.
- According to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, instead of viewing work and life as a balancing act, it is more productive to view them as two integrated parts. According to him “It actually is a circle. It’s not a balance.”
- Initiatives such as on-site childcare, family leave policies, internal and/or external educational or training opportunities, fitness facilities etc. are proving a major success in helping employees maintain their work- life balance.