On the Evolution of Work Systems in the Digital Economy
This or That? Work-Life Preferences Survey
From each of the following 4 pairs, select one answer:
This survey is based on:
- My reading of telework related literature and websites showing that a substantial number of people would not mind working more hours if it meant that they have more control over their working conditions.
- Observations and personal experience comparing self-employment (where it is typical to be working more than 40 hours per week) with regular employment (working 40 hours per week).
I’m just trying to gauge, to the best of my ability here, where this trade-off preference might end. I welcome comments that expand on the selections you’ve made. I’m looking forward to seeing your answers to the survey!
With regard to my own experiences, I would say that it’s easier for me to achieve work-life balance in a work-from-home, self-employed situation even though I frequently worked more than 8 hours in a day while being able to structure the work day around other non-work related tasks as I see fit. That is, the specificity of a work-shift and work location is more of an issue than the number of hours worked per week.
To round out this discussion, here’s a video of Nigel Marsh’s presentation, “Work Life Balance is an Ongoing Battle,” at TED Talks in Sydney, Australia. My favorite takeaway message from this:
“… governments and corporations aren’t going to solve this issue for us. Just stop looking outside. It’s up to us as individuals to take control and responsibility for the type of lives that we want to lead. If you don’t design your life, someone else will design it for you and you may just not like their idea of balance.” ~ Nigel Marsh
- How to Find Your Own Work/Life Balance (chris-griffin.com)
- Work-life balance (baytcareerssrilanka.wordpress.com)
- Parents and Work-Life Balance (keystochangelifecoaching.com)
- Most professionals prefer work-life balance over money: Survey (news.in.msn.com)