I had a conversation with my mother this morning about work-life balance that I feel provided a lot of valuable insight into our culture. I do not have children but, as I told my mother, if I did, I don’t know how I would find the time to spend with them and still be engaged with other aspects of my life that I consider important.
My mother said she feels the lack of work-life balance has far reaching, negative effects on our culture. And I couldn’t agree more. We are a nation of workaholics and we barely have time for family, let alone friends and other interests. In other countries, balance is prioritized more highly than it is here. New parents receive more time off, and employees are often given more flexible schedules.
We are not automatons. We are human beings with physiological, psychological, and emotional needs. And the sooner we recognize that, the better – for both ourselves and our children.