I must disagree with a Huffington Post blog entitled Adjusting our Work-Life Balance in the Internet Economy (with no comment section?) and on a Work/Life Balance Calculator highlighted, as well. Although the calculator was from May, 2008 they must have thought enough of it as it was right there in the "Related News" section (source was a article from CNN.com/living).
The premise made by Maynard Webb was that independent contracting makes for better work-life. Maynard did a very good job of articulating the benefits of work-life for independents and then declares that companies who "have been in control" up until now are going to find needed flexibility with their independent workforce.
I agree with the work-life benefits, but it is much more than the worker. Many companies have embraced work-life as an imperative and more and more are getting it. This must become a partnership with companies and their employees.
- Leisure. Is that personal time or time with a partner or your family?
- Meals. A standalone category? Eating at your desk? Sitting down to a warm family meal? These are different!
- Chores. Are you doing what you need to do or are you doing what helps your family?
Bottom line. Work-Life is hard. Work-Life is deeply personal. And Work-Life can not be simplified to single topic or even worse, a simple pie chart.
Graph source: CNN