I have just read this article http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-57490619-93/facebook-drops-off-the-greatest-places-to-work-list/ which explains what the criteria for the Top Companies for Work Life Balance is.
“The goal of this listing was to look for companies that don’t keep their employees chained to their desks or laptops 24/7. Glassdoor sought workers who could balance their lives between work and personal life and whose employers offered benefits like flexible schedules, work from home options, free food, and a gym at work.”
I think that is contradictory to what we have just recently discussed in the seminar. Flexible schedules, working from home and leisure activities available at work places is exactly the idea of ‘spilling over’ and blurring the boundaries between work and every other aspect of life.
I have always assumed that having a good work-life balance meant keeping work and leisure separate, and doing work at the office, or at least minimising work having to be completed at home, and not having incentives such as free food and a gym at work to keep you there.
I guess with technology having increased this idea of presence bleeding and personal information spaces, the concept of work-life balance may be changing. Or is work-life balance a thing of the past for many people, especially employees of tech companies?