Truth #1: A work/life mishmash is the new reality
As recently as the last decade, the hours of 9-to-5 were standard in most organizations. You did your work during that period, and then you went home and took care of your personal life. But the reality of people’s lives no longer matches those neat, rigid expectations. The growing mismatch is causing people and business to suffer.
Truth #2: It’s not just your employer’s responsibility
Companies and managers alone can’t solve the work/life challenges of their employees. Managers and HR departments can’t tell each person in the organization how to manage their work and life because everyone’s circumstances on and off the job are completely different. Employers must create a work environment in which it is okay to discuss potential flexible work/life solutions. Then we, individual employees, need to meet the organization halfway and come to the table with a plan that takes into consideration our needs and the needs of the business.
Truth #3: It’s work/life “fit,” not “balance”
Using “balance” to describe the goal of flexibility for individuals causes more problems than it solves. That’s because there really isn’t a “balance” or ideal 50-50 split between work and life. Most of the time, what we’re after is not working less, but working differently. By shifting hours, allowing telecommuting, and changing the way work is completed, everyone can manage the way work fits into his or her life. The goal is to create an environment where all of those different work/life fit realities can live together to achieve the goals of business over time.
For more truths from Cali's book, have a look at the full post on Intuit's Fast Track blog.