It seems like the discussion over the word that follows "work-life _____" is always good blog fodder. We've seen "balance", "integration", "fit" and more. This dialog will continue for a long time because the thin veneer of "work-life" attempts to address some complex and vexing issues.
- Working Mothers. From parenting advice, childcare help, finding personal time and a lot more, including many rants I might add. (Not enough on Working Fathers or Working Parents, but hey, we are on a journey.)
- Flexible work environments. I see focus helping companies see the benefits of work-at-home, flexible schedules, etc. I see talk about individual's success, too.
- The glass ceiling, women's pay, etc. This is a huge issue that we make headway on, albeit too slowly.
- Self-improvement, self-management. Many people are out there helping others through classes, workshops and other ways of coaching.
From individuals to companies to dedicated organizations there are many voices out there. Fortunately people will curate and manage who they read and follow.
What about just having a good career? The picture is just getting more complex. We have writings about:
- Getting jobs. Topics include interviewing, resume building, cold calling and more.
- Working with management. Always interesting topics that often include communications, both positive and negative.
- Being successful. This last one is for younger professionals and actually focuses on both work and life.
I see myself as a small fish in these large and interesting ponds. I talk, write and think about jobs and careers - always in context of having a happy life, which requires one to think about work-life [insert your word here]. For example, my view of work-life has been broadened with my personal knowledge of Eldercare issues which for the most part is a different pond.
At the end of the day, it is all about.
- Having a successful career. On your terms, advancing to whatever level works for you.
- Having a happy life. On your terms, including your family, friends and you!
Now I need to make a meaningful diagram.