“Work-life balance” implies that work is very different from the rest of our lives. But considering we typically spend at least half of our time awake at work, it might be reassuring to know that work and fun don’t need to be entirely separate. In fact, enjoying your job—and the people there—can enhance your work experience, health, and productivity. Having fun at work through social activities such as celebrations and happy hours has even been correlated with increased learning on the job months later. The connection is attributed to higher-quality relationships with colleagues, which in turn led to a better exchange of ideas.
As technology catapults us into the future, the way we manage work and life is changing rapidly. As we move away from the traditional paradigm of work-life balance and enter the era of the fused work environment, there can often be misunderstandings between managers and direct reports as well as among coworkers. Work and life spheres are becoming fused, especially for Millennials, and with three generations making up the majority of the workforce, relationships with colleagues of different ages can often be challenging.
This is 21st Century and there is no term as rest that exists in people’s lives. Here the one who earns is the one who survives. Working in today’s world is not a choice instead it’s a necessity. Be it a man or a woman, there is no difference. But what really is important is to maintain a constant balance between both- work and life. Do not make the mistake of making your work your life or considering your life as a work or job.
It’s the high time to think in terms of work-life fusion rather than work-life balance. Work-life balance means using twitter for your work-life and Facebook for your private life. Instead of that have friends, family, and business contacts everywhere! For example- On your birthday post on Facebook you get likes from 100 people, half of them are friends and family, and the other half are from your business contacts. That is called work-life fusion.
What the Research Says
A study by Donna Haeger and Tony Lingham shows strong evidence that work and life are becoming fused. In their article, “A Trend Toward Work-Life Fusion: A Multi-Generational Shift in Technology Use at Work,” the authors write: “Our study has demonstrated that use and advancements in technology will invariably affect how we manage both work and life domains. Our findings uncover a trend toward ‘Work-Life Fusion,’ which is salient and significant not only to the Millennials, but also to GenXers as they transition toward this shift.”
The researchers found that employees, particularly among younger cohorts, are increasingly expecting to use social media to coordinate their personal lives even while at work. At the same time, they point out employees are far more accessible after work hours than ever before. The blurring of lines between work and home life leads to a conclusion of work-life fusion.