Work-life balance is dead, and that might be a good thing


Integration is the new balance because lines are blurred between work and life. 

Since emails and slacks now infiltrate into our evenings and weekends thanks to technology, our work environment has to make room for our family and personal lives.

Fortune surveyed 1001 days spent in the shoes of high-earning women. They found that "75 percent of time logs showed something personal during traditional work hours: exercise, school visits. On the flip-side, 77 percent showed work outside the workday norm. Women took calls after their kids went to bed. They wrote reports on weekends." This kind of flexibility allows us to stay in the workforce. 

While this is the reality of what employees ask for and increasingly expect, employers do not have plans for how to deal with it. It is all happening as we speak. The result: people do not know where to set boundaries. 

The above is summarized from an article written by Laura Vanderkam, the author of: I Know How She Does It: How Successful Women Make The Most Of Their Time (Portfolio, June 9, 2015).

Read the full article on Fortune here

How Children Benefit From Working Mothers

A few days ago, Fastcompany wrote an interesting article about how children benefit from having a working mother based on a recently published book by Pamela Lenehan: "My Mother, My Mentor: What Grown Children of Working Mothers Want You to Know". Some of these benefits she identified include a strong work ethic, higher independence, more resilience and an overall better preparation for the "real world". 

Read more here and buy the book here