I remember when I first heard the Human Resources buzzword “Work / Life Balance.” The term made me cringe back then, and I hate it even more today.
First of all, why is HR so interested in helping employees find this “balance” between working and non-working hours? On the surface, like most HR initiatives, it appears as though your employer is being altruistic and genuinely cares about your well-being.
Think about it though, isn’t this whole “Work / Life Balance” thing just a ploy to get you to give more of yourself to the company while at the same time convincing yourself that you’re OK with it because you’ve achieved HR’s vision of what a balanced life looks like?
“Hey, I may be missing my kid’s Little League game because I’m sitting in the bleachers with my face buried in my smartphone reading work emails on a weekend, but HR tells me I have to balance ‘work’ with ‘life’ so I guess I’m doing it right.”
Big corporations are beholden to shareholders, not you. They will take and take until you have nothing left to give, and then they will spit you out and find someone younger and cheaper to replace you.
We are all responsible for finding our own balance. Don’t let some company tell you what’s right for you.
This is an excerpt from 40@40: Embrace Work as Part of an Integrated and Balanced Life.
In celebration of my 40th birthday, I decided to write 40 blog posts to reflect on 40 of the most important lessons I have learned throughout my life. You can follow the full series here: