What would you say if I asked what work-life balance means to you? Could you describe it? In this article, I’ll share what I often hear and extend an invitation for you to tell the rest of us what it means to you.
When I’m interviewing job candidates, my sole responsibility is to understand each person as much as humanly possible in the time we have together. I customize my questions for each person, but here’s one that I include every time: ‘What do you want to get out of your next career opportunity or what’s most important to you when selecting your next job?’ The vast majority tell me they’re looking for work-life balance. Since it’s my job to understand, my next question has to be: ‘What does work-life balance mean to you?’ And this is where the conversation hits a fork in the road. The responses polarize into two camps: those who’ve thought about it and pretty much know what they’re looking for and those who like the sound of work-life balance but don’t yet know what it would look like for them. They just know they want it. There’s no wrong or right to it, it’s just fascinating, which leads me to…
Why I’m Writing About Work-Life Balance
The most popular post I’ve ever published is one called Balance. Who knew? It’s four years old and continues to draw readers every single week even though I never advertise it. You guys love it. I love it, too, but maybe for a different reason. I love it because it’s the voice of my readers. That post is a compilation of contributed quotes describing what the word balance means to them. The responses are as varied as the backgrounds of the contributors. Again, there’s no wrong or right. Balance is one of those subjective, personal states that no one else can judge. So, I’m turning the floor over to you again, this time with a slightly different question: What is work-life balance? Does it change over time? If you had better work-life balance, what would it look like? Do you want work-life balance? Your comment can be as short or as long as you like. I’ll pull your thoughts into an article that will be published here. Thanks for playing. I can’t wait to see what you come up with!