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Traditional approach to work-life balance isn't 'realistic', warns U of T researcher

Available Online http://www.bnn.ca/traditional-approach-to-work-...
Publication Date January 3, 2017
Author Shane McNeil
Source BNN
Source Type Online News Article

This article focuses on the difficulty of attaining a traditional sense of work-life balance. Recent research suggests that employees often conceptualize work and life as two poles of a single spectrum that should be balanced, which may be unrealistic. Experts argue that instead of complete balance between domains, employees should focus on an individualized fit. In addition, employees should focus more on utilizing their current time more strategically. Instead of thinking about amounts of time, the article suggests making sure to spend quality time across domains. The article also highlights the potential negative effects of telework on the quality of time spent. In sum, employees should consider personal fit rather than complete balance, while also optimizing their available time.

Keywords Work-life balance, domain, fit, quality time, strategy, tele-work, optimization

McNeil, S. (2017, January 3). Traditional approach to work-life balance isn’t ‘realistic’, warns U of T researcher. BNN [Online]. Retrieved January 9, 2017, from http://www.bnn.ca

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