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It may all be happening by chance. Take look at all articles that I have curated since the last edition. They all offer a more nuanced and fine grained view of work life integration. Workaholics vs. clock watchers; work-life folks vs. work 'is my life' people; Want- to- be- a- dad vs. don't want to be a mom !
The stories of people at work are different. Their desire and aspiration for work life integration is different and organizations must value and support that diversity. The articles in this week are a healthy sign of the conversation moving beyond: the usual telecommuting is good for you, and the fatigue of 'mommy track' articles. Those articles are very valid and needed, but what is also needed is to appreciate the complex nature of the work life integration issues.
The aspirations of working dads, and want to be a dad; the people who find meaning at work and those who find work meaningless, all need customized solutions to enhance their work life fit. By glossing over these differences we miss out on a great opportunityfor creating a more energzied and engaged workforce.
There is also an interesting TED talk on the way we consume information. Since information overload is one of the biggest factors interfereing with work life integration, the talk offers interesting insights into the issue.
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Being single takes a lot of time. There's no one else to pick up milk or take out the recycling on the right day or wait at home for the plumber. It's just you. Sue Shellenbarger explains on Lunch Break.
We're told a lack of work-life balance is what causes stress, burn-out and in some cases the demise of marriages and relationships. What we need isn't better work-life balance but better work-life integration.
While I can understand why clock watchers will burn out but workaholics may be on a slow burn that they may not even realize. There is a fine line between passion and crazy at work. That said, it is good that this study highlights the importance of doing and creating meaningful work.
Put under career stress situtations men and women end up responding differently. They get depressed about different things. Could the answer lie in the way men and women are taught to respond to career related adversities and lack of recognition ?
Very interesting article which shows that the idea that men might feel less empowered than women to discuss their desire to be parents deserves our attention. I am really glad to see that the male perspective is being represented on popular forums now.
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