Don’t Disobey the Dictionary!
bal·ance [bal-uhns] noun, verb, -anced, -anc·ing.
1. a state of equilibrium or equipoise; equal distribution of weight, amount, etc.
2. something used to produce equilibrium; counterpoise. Source: Dictionary.com
Work–life balance is a broad concept including proper prioritizing between “work” (career and ambition) on the one hand and “life” (Health, pleasure, leisure, family and spiritual development) on the other. Source: Wikipedia
So if balance means equal distribution, then work-life balance would imply that the two, work and life were equally distributed in my life.
If I read our HR website correctly, for every hour I toil in Cubelandia, I get one hour of frolicking.
Work eight hours on one side. Play eight hours on the other. Sleep eight more. There’s a nice day. Right?
As companies compete harder in the market place and my own employer is viciously cutting costs, and since people are, by far, the highest expense on any company’s financials, our employee numbers are shrinking. We are now called a “lean” staff. Or “right sized”. Or “efficient”.
Then work-life balance looks a lot more like this:
So, who wants to volunteer to go tell my executive team? I see all their (luxury) cars in the lot, so they’re here today. C’mon!
Let’s march up to the boob painting floor and let them know they are directly in conflict with the generally accepted definition of the word balance!
C’mon, ye mighty defenders of the lexicon!
C’mon you slayers of sintax and abohorrers of “corporate speak”!
Come with me now!
Here I go!
Back to work.
Today’s Theme Thursday is: balance
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