As I study the topic of work-life balance, I am reminded of the distinction in anti-oppression and diversity work between equality and equity. Work-life balance, at the surface, appears to be about equality – different parts of our lives needing equal time and focus. But an issue of equity underlies the discussion: How society and individuals manage competing pressures and demands reflects bias, marginalization, and edges.
The problem of work-life balance launches a narrative of macro-issues and solutions: work design, onsite daycare, overtime, demanding bosses, gender inequity in the workplace, health care, and even larger issues of workers’ rights. But work-life balance is also a psychological, not only social issue.
I’m thinking about this now because I’m starting to work on my upcoming training seminar in Australia in November, in which I’ll be exploring the problems and solutions to work-life balance. (more…)