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The Work Life Balance Myth?

At the HBR Blog Network, Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic writes about some of the persistent myths (or truths?) that people embrace about work and life.  The gist of Embrace Your Work Life Imbalance is to stop worrying and embrace the stress.  The article actual takes some pretty serious potshots at some sacred cows.  For instance, we all hate people who text and answer emails in the company or friends and family.  His answer: those people aren’t interesting anyway…

Did you ever try to figure out why it is so hard to stop checking your smartphone, even when you are having dinner with a friend you haven’t seen in ages, celebrating your anniversary, watching a movie, or out on a first date? It’s really quite simple: None of those things are as interesting as the constant hum of your e-mail, Facebook, or Twitter account. Reality is over-rated, especially compared to cyberspace. Technology has not only eliminated the boundaries between work and life, but also improved both areas.

The article also praises workaholics as the builders of society citing the fact that nations with the highest GDP are inhabited by workaholics.  And, besides, work should not be just work or even a career; it should be a calling so consuming that it has to be out of balance.

Here’s the problem: we live on a planet with other people and those people need each other.  Your friends and family are an important support network that will wither away if ignored.  No matter how fulfilling work is, you need to take time to cultivate the other side of your life.

Chamorro-Premuzic isn’t completely off-base when he talks about finding work that is fulfilling enough to consider tipping the scales every now and again.  But the key is to find the confidence to turn off work now and again, and enjoy what you’re working for.

And from a management standpoint, encouraging employees to take a break may just be good business.  A recent Atlantic article cited a study that showed vacation increases productivity.

Thinking about tipping the scales of work and life?  Don’t tip to far.  It could actual make you less of the go-getter you thought you were.

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Grant Derner

By Grant Derner

Grant Derner is Executive Vice President at Nesco Resource. He oversees the Engineering and IT area for the Eastern half of the U.S.

2 Responses to “The Work Life Balance Myth?”

  1. Britt says:

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  2. Grant Derner says:

    Thanks for the feedback Britt!

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