Monday, 29 May 2006

Life/Work balance

When scrolling through some articles over at Jugglezine, I came across this 2001 article by Sally Abrahms called Working it out. It states some great examples of people who've found a better life/work balance so they could spend more time with their family. It also provides some advice of how to get a better life/work balance by for instance changing your career.

But what's missing here and missing in more articles I've read on the issue is a very simple thing: money. Sure there are huge benefits to be had by spending more time with family or loved ones, but working less hours means less pay. And that's okay when you're living on your own and still can save some money on the side, but what if you're the sole provider for your family of two and your spouse and you can just make ends meet? A paycut will not seem like the best idea.

Not only that, it seems that (and I can only talk about that from personal experience) when you get more free time and thus having more time to do fun stuff your spending habits go up. If you have time to go out with your kids and you increase your visits with them to petting zoos or the movie theatre, you'll spend more money. So with increased free time there's also an increased demand for funds.

Getting a good life/work balance is important. It's true that you need to work to live and not the other way around. But in most articles only the benefits are given and although mentioned, the drawbacks aren't given the attention they deserve. When looking for life/work balance a person should look at his situation realistically and not just be pulled in by the benefits.

1 comment:

Ellen said...

I could not agree with you more...