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Define Worklife and Work-life Balance

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I will define worklife as that part of our life that we cram into and devote to work. Any type of work. You can take another perspective and define worklife as the lifestyle we choose involuntarily. Or the one we are unconsciously forced to live because of the type of work we do for a living. Oh, that phrase, what we do for a living. Do we then work to live? I have struggled with that phrase for a long time. I however agree with the phrase, we work to live, and not live to work. But do we also work to live?

Do we work to merely pay for our living expenses? That will fit those who sustain a lifestyle that is constructed by work it self? No, that also cannot be right. We work for more reasons than the pay cheque and benefits. We work to also maintain our social relationships, sense of balance in the world and mental wellbeing. That is why working remotely anywhere has a lot of good and bad sides.

Define Worklife With 4 Day Work-Week

Then talk of walking a four day workweek. That really gets me curious. Who said it has to be 9 to 5, five days schedule, six days or a 24/7 worklife? Agreed, we need to serve a society that is ‘always on’, but can we do more shifts. If we do not have enough personnel (or robots) to do the shifts, then we humans need to reduce what we consume in terms of services and products and how and when we consume them.

Define Worklife, Personally

Personally, I will define my work-life as the life I am living, doing the things (work) that I am passionate about. Those will be the things that I enjoy doing, not necessarily the things that I am very skilled at initially. But the things I will be willing to learn and grow as I do them. And for which I can devote many long hours and days to.

My other definition of worklife is that life I live working just to make a living. An activity that I spend my time doing just to earn an income and some benefits. And that sucks! I have lived through that countless number of times and I guess you do, too.

If it is not about infidelity. And it is lonely when the one you love most puts work before your relationship. What are you then considering doing if your main squeeze puts work before your relationship?

Let us review some other definitions of worklife that I picked up going through the web.

Define Worklife or Work-life

To find the meaning of anything, we always want to start with the dictionary.

According to Cambridge Dictionary, worklife relates to the amount of time you spend doing your job, compared with the amount of time you spend with your family and doing things you enjoy.

The problem with this definition is the lack of emphasis on the lifestyle that work forces on your life. And that can only be inferred from the definition – time spent; at work, compared to time spent in other none activities.

Sample Usage:

work/life study revealed that 26% of employees often felt “emotionally drained” by their work.

work-life policy/program/strategy.

At birth, life is a sunrise. At death it is a sunset. We also start our career with a sunrise; and retire with a sunset.

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Other Dictionaries that Define Worklife

The Urban Dictionary definition of worklife tries to explain a dilemma that some have – if worklife is a single word or a combination of two words. It defines Worklife as the combination of the words, work and life into one word; simple non-stop entity that means both work and life. While a dictionary called Your Dictionary, puts the adjective of worklife (like the Cambridge Dictionary) to be; of, or pertaining to the relationship between ones work and personal life.

That is correct, but in part. Worklife is the relationship between ones work and personal life. But have you ever heard of burnout as a result of work? What of work infidelity and human relationships that have crashed because of work?

Read: Work Infidelity Sabotages Careers And Love Relationship

The Oxford Dictionary on Lexicon gives a pronunciation for worklife as – /ˈwəːk ˈlʌɪf/. And for its own adjective definition or usage, it says it is – of, or relating to both work and personal life; designating the relationship between the two. Especially in “work–life balance”.

While theGreatIndoors defines worklife as a phenomenon that is most commonly talked about in terms of trying to achieve that all-important ‘balance’ or ‘blend’ between our professional and personal lives. 

Define Work-Life Balance

Work-life balance means making sure you devote as much energy and attention to both your personal and professional lives. In doing so, you ensure both grow, rather than sacrificing one for the other.

Worklife balance is a little bit tricky, but before I get into that, let us consider this definition by Anna Cox.

Work-life Balance means “feeling in control of how you balance the various demands of all aspects of one’s life, to support and enable wellbeing.” and avoid illness. And it involves, happiness, fulfilment and job satisfaction”.

– Anna Cox (Professor of human-computer interaction at UCL, from eworklife)

In this context, wellbeing is about more than just trying to avoid being ill. It also encompasses feelings of happiness, fulfilment and job satisfaction to achieve complete physical, mental, and social wellbeing.

The graphic illustrates how a sense of wellbeing at work and the level of control one has over boundaries may interact. (At birth, life is a sunrise. At death it is a sunset. We also start our career with a sunrise; and retire with a sunset)

Dictionary gives a pronunciation guide for worklife balance that goes this way – work/life bal·ance; wurk-lahyf-bal-uhns. And for its usage as a Noun, it offers this example. Worklife balance is – A situation in which one divides or balances one’s time between work and activities outside of work.

Sample usage: It’s hard to achieve a reasonable work-life balance when you run your own business.

The Other Definitions of Worklife Balance

Business News Daily states that work-life balance is the state of equilibrium where a person equally prioritizes the demands of one’s career and the demands of one’s personal life.

Skills You Need defines work-life balance as a term used for the idea that you need time for both work and other aspects of life, whether those are family-related or personal interests.

Worklifebalance defines worklife balance as the meaningful daily achievement and enjoyment in each of my (our) four life quadrants: Work, Family, Friends and Self.

Define Work-Life Balance – Between Equilibrium and Prioritization

Wikipedia defines work–life balance as the equilibrium between personal life and career work. It went on to state that work–life balance is the lack of opposition between work and other life roles; the state of equilibrium in which demands of personal life, professional life, and family life are equal. Work–life balance consists of, but it is not limited to, flexible work arrangements that allow employees to carry out other life programs and practices.

In Analysing the term, worklife Balance, Forbes considers it from the employer perspective. While employers can look to studies about what work-life balance means to millennials to gain some insight, it’s important to remember that work-life balance will always mean something a little different to everyone.

But MBAskool defines work life balance as a method which helps employees of an organization to balance their personal and professional lives.

Worklife Balance and Prioritization

HRzone sees work-life balance as referring to the level of prioritisation between personal and professional activities in an individual’s life, and the level to which activities related to their job are present in the home.

While Cleverism considers work-life balance basically as a term that refers to the proper prioritizing of an individual between his work or career and his personal life or lifestyle.

Worklife Balance as a Social Construct

Researchgate however considers work-life balance (WLB) as both a social construct (i.e., a notion that is ‘constructed’ through social practice and which may or may not represent objective reality) and a discourse.

That it tends to be either defined as an individual experience or aspiration, with particular focus on time-squeezed white collar workers. Or used as an adjective to describe workplace policies or practices (e.g., flexible work arrangements) or public policies (e.g., parental leave) that purport to enhance these individual experiences (i.e., WLB policies, practices, or supports).

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