I think we’ve all pretty much figured out by now there is no such thing as work/life “balance.” It would really be nice, but with the pressures of work, and trying to make sure we keep our jobs in this difficult economy, and the ever-increasing demands of our families, balance is elusive at best and non-existent at worst.
But that doesn’t mean there shouldn’t be evolving work/life policies to ease up on everyone, including paid maternity/paternity leave, paid sick leave and the ability to work more flexibly. Why do I say that?
It’s not about being all touchy-feely and family friendly. It’s a question of making everyone’s lives more efficient. And when that can happen, employers make more money and employees can keep the jobs they want and need. It’s really a question of dollars and sense. (Sorry, I couldn’t help myself!)
But don’t take my word for it. Last week, I hosted one of the podcasts for the Fem 2.0 Wake Up! Campaign series that’s focusing on work/life policies from a variety of angles. My episode, entitled Creating Work/Life Policies That Benefit Everyone’s Bottom Line featured three amazing experts on the subject and we had quite a lively chat for an hour about why looking at this topic through a slightly different lens would benefit everyone, even though it might be hard to convince some employers of that in this economy.
I hope you’ll head over to the TalkShoe Radio link and have a listen, because this is a topic that is impacting all of our lives in so many ways.
When the series is over, Fem 2.0 and a variety of bloggers, including myself, will be hosting a blog carnival so you can share your work/life stories, suggestions and recommendations. If you have any while you’re reading this, feel free to leave them in the comment section. And, of course, don’t be afraid to join in the Blog Carnival when it kicks off during the week of February 6!
(And maybe I’ll ask if I can borrow some of your stories for the Mothers of Intention book!)