Helping Employees Find Balance

It’s not news when you hear that technology has resulted in a blurring of the lines between work and home life. People are often sending emails to coworkers at midnight or responding to messages from supervisors at 5:00 a.m. It seems many people have a difficult time unplugging. So where’s the work-life balance? Well, this article asserts that there is no such thing as work-life balance. Some call the new way of working and living a ‘blend’ or an ‘integration’. But whose responsibility is it to ensure that employees are effective at this integration? Shouldn’t working professionals know when enough is enough and when it’s time to unplug? Another article contends that along with developing effective policies, employers should create programs to teach employees about healthy habits so people can understand the importance of being able to limit the places and the times of the day when they need to disconnect. Doing so might increase productivity when employees are “really at work.”