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As Work From Home becomes more common with every passing day, we may be witnessing a massive shift in lifestyles. But what does this mean for work-life balance? Harvard Business Review explores – 

  • Earn less, live more!

Research showed that people were willing to take a cut of 8% in their pay so they could work from home – this signals that not only do people prefer WFH and tech-enabled distance work, but there is now a monetary value placed on just how much they want it. 

  • Increase in productivity

Research increasingly shows that Work From Anywhere (WFA) leads to an increase in productivity as well as an increase in real salary benefits as they usually choose to move to a lower cost area and therefore are able to take better advantage of the same salary they received while in office. Not only that, they also tend to remain in the workforce longer. 

  • The office doesn’t change anything 

One might hypothesize that it is tough to separate the office and home when you’re working from home, but research says otherwise. Research conducted with Google employees led to the conclusion that people are unable to switch off their work brain even after leaving the workspace. It is more about the company itself striving to make work life balance a reality – instead of a physical space being able to separate work from home. 

  • Work & life don’t have to be at odds

Stew Friedman, having studied work patterns and behaviours for years, has realised over time that the very notion that we must sacrifice our personal lives to be winners at work is the reason we struggle to strike any sort of balance between the two. A survey of high achievers like Sheryl Sandberg and Michelle Obama showed that people who learned to integrate their personal lives with their professional lives, not only did better but also felt better. 

Continue the journey of striking the right balance with Harvard Business Review’s ‘Work-Life Balance Vol 2’, which will be free on 27th September as part of #BounceBack!

 

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