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Aesthetics Journal “Creating Balance Through Work-life Integration”

Intraline’s own Reece Tomlinson talked with Aesthetics Journal about the four concepts he uses to promote work-life integration in companies.

“According to the Oxford Dictionary, the term ‘work-life balance’ is defined as ‘the division of one’s time and focus between working and family or leisure activities’. Achieving balance, based on this empirical separation of work versus family and leisure activities has been a topic that has been widely discussed and pursued. Unfortunately, achieving equilibrium through this notion of work-life balance is both misleading and the term itself is arguably largely antiquated. At best, the term presents an ideal that few can actually achieve and, at worst, it creates an invisible paradigm that states that one’s work-life must come at the expense of one’s personal-life and vice versa. Traditionally, work-life balance has attempted to provide a defined time to which an employee works, which conveniently happens to permit an employee with enough non-working hours remaining to have a ‘life’ and, as a result, achieve supposed ‘balance’. The problem with this notion is that the busy world we all live in does not always allow for this. Whether it’s the rampant use of technology to provide easy access to emails after hours or long commutes to and from the workplace; a myriad of factors contribute to the undeniable reality that, for many, real work-life balance can be difficult to achieve. Data collected by Investec Private Banking in 2015 indicated that 25% of professionals, including those working in healthcare, are unhappy with their work-life balance. Another 2015 study by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development reported that one in every eight employees across the 35 countries works 50 hours or more each week on a routine basis. When analysing the statistics, it is clear that a large number of employees are dissatisfied with their work-life balance.”

You can find this article in the November 2016 issue of Aesthetics Journal, or click here for a PDF copy of the article.

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