Future Work Leaders To Merge Work & Life
There has been a lot in the news recently about how the work-life balance for professionals is slowly merging, and a blurring of the lines is occurring that makes it hard to differentiate between time spent in the office and pursuing leisure activities. It is the proliferation of technology that seems to have heralded this merge, as working professionals find it harder to switch off when they get home as they continue to receive work emails on their personal phone; similarly, at work it is easy for employees to access social media sites and connect with friends and family during working hours.
With this is mind, a recent article on the HR Magazine website discusses how future leaders will look to utilize this blurring for the sake of employees, allowing them to better manage this merging, as it doesn't seem likely to disappear.
Natalie Bickford, the author of the article and European HR director for Sodexo, notes that Gen X professionals have so far had to adopt an "all or nothing" approach to work/home life, with no particular cross-over in between. Whilst requesting flexibility may have been seen as a sign that employees were putting home life before work and their careers in the past, nowadays it tends to be part and package of working - and leaders are looking to better manage this in the future.
This means that those in charge of future businesses will need to weave flexibility into the corporate culture of their company, encouraging and supporting employees as they enter into this new working world. Work and life need to be combined in a "healthy and positive manner", Bickford claims.