We speak about work / life balance as if it’s the solution to all of our troubles. As if somehow, taking up mountain biking or spending more time with the kids at weekends will offset the challenge of work and make it seem less hard. Balance, is supposed to make our lives easier.
I don’t believe it works that way however.
I think the reason we speak about work / life balance at all is simply that work doesn’t feel enough like life. That’s where our challenge lies. That is the key to engaged employees.
Think of it like this: