Michel Fiechter of TPG Architecture explores why it’s not about work-life-balance, it’s about work-life blend.
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The traditional approach to work-life balance is becoming increasingly outdated in today’s interconnected world. With technology allowing us to work at any hour of the day, the lines between work and play have become blurred, leading to a constant state of connectedness that can be detrimental to our well-being. Because of this, there has been a shift in focus. Instead of creating a work-life balance, we must establish a healthy “work-life blend.”
Work-life blend recognizes our need to disconnect from work and reframe our choices within the context of our personal lives. It also acknowledges the importance of physical space in determining our well-being, particularly for those who have been working from home for an extended period of time.
Work-life blend recognizes our need to disconnect from work and reframe our choices within the context of our personal lives.
In this approach, the office serves as a barrier between work and home life, allowing us to make the most of our time at home with loved ones instead of just focusing on work. It also redefines the traditional 40-hour workweek by allowing employees to work during the hours that suit them best, as long as they complete their daily tasks, serve clients, and engage with their teams. This can lead to increased productivity, reduced stress, and overall improved well-being.
There are many ways to establish work-life blend at home. One way to achieve a work-life blend is by setting clear boundaries between work and personal time. This means establishing specific times during the day when you will not be available for work-related tasks and sticking to them. Another key aspect is offering flexible working arrangements. This can take many forms, such as allowing employees to work from home, offering flexible hours, or providing opportunities for part-time work. Additionally, it’s important to prioritize personal time. This means making time for activities and hobbies you enjoy and taking care of your physical and mental health.
A work-life blend is valuable for any individual or organization looking to improve their work-life balance.
When it comes to office design, the environment speaks volumes. We are no longer looking to create spaces that look corporate or sterile, instead we want to recreate the warmth of home and make the focus about the people. We also want to provide employees with design choices, whether it be a space where they can go to collaborate with employees or the addition or huddle rooms for a quiet, headsdown space.
A work-life blend is valuable for any individual or organization looking to improve their work-life balance. By setting boundaries, offering flexible working arrangements, and prioritizing personal time, individuals and companies alike can achieve a healthier and more fulfilling work-life blend. This can lead to increased productivity, reduced stress, and overall improved well-being.