work/life balance vs work/life integration

March 23, 2015

This  New York Times article from 2012 highlights the way work/life balance has been organised and, how that dividing line is shifting.  It used to be ‘work/life balance’ and now, it’s ‘work/life integration’.  More and more companies it seems are offering perks to help workers manage home life from the perspective that a happier home and personal life makes for a happier and productive work environment.

‘They’re trying to get at people’s larger lives and sanity,” Mr. Lewin said. “You might call it the bang for the nonbuck.”

So I guess it begs the question – if you could choose anything at all that your employer would pay for (on the basis that it would improve your ‘balance’) what would that be….answers on a postcard please.

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