For years, we talked about work-life balance, but lately work-life integration is gaining more traction. Work-life balance focuses on keeping your work life and personal life separate but equal, while work-life integration is centered on the belief that they must coexist in harmony.
Work-life balance served a purpose: to create awareness around people spending too much time at work. The unintended consequence is that it created an adversarial relationship between work and life. We start to demonize work as something that takes us away from what we really want to do.
Dan Bruder advocates work-life blend; he believes that work can serve as an opportunity for us to learn, grow, and develop as human beings, and the tools we take from work can be applied at home. HR professionals and business leaders can help employees blend their work and life by creating connection within the organization and fostering connections between people.
Technology can prevent us from connecting, but it can also help us connect. Dan’s software uses AI to survey employees at all levels of the company about the company’s strengths and weaknesses, what they see impacting the company, and what solutions they suggest, building more of a connection with the company. It can also be used to create peer groups that can help each other grow and make friends at work.
In this episode’s listener question, we’re asked whether retention is different in corporate versus nonprofit settings. In the news, we discuss the effect of traditional and flex time hours on employees’ sleep.
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