For a long time I have believed that the whole idea of work life balance was fundamentally flawed because it demonises work and creates the idea that the work part is stressful and the life part is idyllic.
Now there is evidence that the healthy approach is to integrate work and life and not to try and divide them.
Executives and employees struggle with work-life balance. Finding enough time in the week to both carve out meaningful home experiences and complete high-priority work assignments leaves both domains depleted, and too often we’re left with strife and stress. To control that stress, many of us try to impose better boundaries on our selves and our time: we set up strict rules about when we will and won’t check work email, where we do and don’t bring our mobile phones, and how often we can and can’t bring work home with us. For some time, the advice on work-life balance was to strengthen boundaries. New research suggests maintaining strict distinctions between work and home might actually be what is causing our feelings of stress . Integrating work and home might be a better strategy for improving well-being and performance.