Work Life Balance and the FutureAugust 18th, 2015 | Tags: balance, life, work
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Recently, this topic of work and life balance has been discussed and focused on… a lot. The author of a piece online called “A Balancing Act” looks at this idea of work life balance. Matthias Paul Kuhlmey is a managing director at HighTower. He starts his discussion of this topic by “really getting this thoughts out there” in my slang terms. He begins his piece by saying “My intent is not to lead the discussion of why productive employees need “time out”, or when/how they should spend it, as most certainly many different arguments could be crafted. Instead, the more pressing question is whether or not corporate leadership has really embraced a new era, lead by advances in technology and an emerging collective mindset of modern, even remote, workforce.”
Technology has changed things and this is no question. It is easier than ever before to work from home and to work from anywhere if you have files in the cloud and access to systems with a simple password and a wifi connection. But, while a balance is important and work life balance might be more important to some than others, it is vital to look at how technology is changing the way we work. Being in the office and at a desk is still preferred and can definitely help us focus. While balance is helpful and technology aids in the ability to work anywhere more or less, working from home or in a more relaxed environment could be distracting. That is why it is essential that we all explore this idea of work life balance by not being too drastic in our approach. If you need some balance or some flexibility, obviously employers can try to work with you, and it cannot hurt to put in a request and speak to your manager or someone in the HR department. Everyone has different requirements, as the author says, so certain things work for some and not others. We all have different home lives and personal lives, so it is important to look at balance as something that is different for all of us. As summer comes to an end, it is a good time to think about flexibility and balance as children return to school and as we approach the fall and then the holiday season. Being honest with yourself and with your team and manager will help you manage your time and schedule. Happy Tuesday!