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Hello Worklife Harmony; Bye Work-Life Balance

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Source: Human Resources Online

Snippet: We have all heard about work-life balance. But what do we know about work-life harmony? What is it’s relevance or importance in today’s workforce?

Interviews were held with a wide range of stakeholders to find out their understanding of work-life harmony. The interviewees includes MDs, HR directors, line managers, working parents and Millennials. This group shared their take on what integrating work and life really means, especially within the context of work-life harmony.

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Hello Worklife Harmony – A new work-life ‘harmony’ terminology or clarification is coming up because the word ‘balance’ is giving some confusion or miss-understanding to some people. For example, work-life balance is speculated to mean achieving balance between work and life responsibilities. And assumingly, some users are increasingly trying to phase out ‘balance’, in favor of integration, or even ‘harmony.’

The Tripartite Alliance for Fair and Progressive Employment Practices (TAFEP) in Singapore defines work-life ‘harmony’ as: “A state in which an individual is able to achieve both personal and professional goals in a combination that is uniquely satisfactory.”

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