Since Work is a big part of Life I strongly dislike Work/Life Balance as a notion.
We have all been asked how we are managing work/life balance. Every time someone asks me that I cringe. For me the notion of work/life balance is strange since it differs to all of us in so many different ways and I also happen to think that work is a part of life and a very important part of it too. The fact that some call it work/life balance automatically implies that it is either or that will make you happy or bring balance to your life. It also implies that you don´t have anything to say or do about it yourself.
The concept implies that you have work on the evil side, and life on the other. I think we all know what implications not having a job does to a person or a families life. Having both, but relying on self leadership you don´t necessarily have the two competing for your attention nor your well being.
Work Family Balance on the other hand might be something slightly different. Family & friends are important and from time to time – something has to give. And for the large part of the community debating this work is a huge part of who they are and they do have choices they can make. The equation just don´t add up, if you want it all or if you think someone else make up the rules and you just have to go along with it.
So, I am not talking about the employees that doesn´t have a choice in the part of the world that is not as fortunate as we who love debating work/life balance. I am obviously only talking about the crowd that can decide for themselves but still are puzzled by the puzzle and not getting the pieces to fit.
I believe that work is the reason why al lot of us get up in the morning. It’s what I love to do. And when I don´t, I find something else to do. Am I privileged in that way, yes I am, but so is most of the people getting the balance thing confused.
Still this is one of many reasons why we introduced our global parental leave policy @Spotify. Employers can and should remove blockers and enable Work Family Balance. This is simply the right thing to do and since science show that both individuals and companies benefit from this way of thinking we should all #LeadOnLeave.
Taking time off to spend important time to recover or special time with your family and friends is invaluable. As is this team, the HR Parental Leave Squad: Tiffany Serra, Michael Kim and Laurie Benson. Tyvm for making Work Family Balance possible @Spotify!
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