More and more businesses and employers promote 'work/life balance' these days. The question is, does it really give the freedom and flexibility which the employees crave, at the same time delivering value and productivity to the business?
With a fixed structure of 'hours at work and hours at home' the major point that everyone's body clock and hours of greatest productivity differ is lost. Some are most creative at 5 am, others at 10pm, so we can easily see that a restrictive 'balance box' may not work for some, if not most people.
Completing tasks at the most productive time is surely the way forward, along with feeling the freedom, happiness and confidence that if we need to attend the school carol concert, we can, which in turn, may make us to be even more productive.
Instead of work-life balance, companies may be wiser to stress the importance of work-life integration. It might sound a little intense, but hear me out. If employees are getting their work done—and done well—does it really matter when they’re working or where they’re working from?