Sometimes it can seem like the stress of trying to achieve work-life balance is hardly worth the effort. Who has time for work-life balance? Not to mention it inherently implies a compromise, and like most compromises (a radio station everyone can agree on in the car, your kid eating at least one vegetable) it rarely ends in optimal results.
In her book, Bring Work to Life by Bringing Life to Work, Dr. Tracy Brower of Limeade discusses the merits of trying to achieve work-life integration instead. According to Dr. Brower, “We can have it all.” Dubious? It’s not as pie-in-the sky as it sounds.
What she is really proposing is integrating work and life through such work-life supports as amenities, flexible hours, wellness and mental health supports and sabbaticals. By providing a pleasant working environment, technology that enables flexibility and job management that encourages an alignment of work and passion, organizations can genuinely improve the lives of their employees. And yes, on a tough work day when you’re bogged down in bureaucratic nonsense, it can be hard to imagine that your organization cares much about how great your life is, but work-life supports don’t just benefit individuals.