Let me explain.
The traditional idea of work-life balance implies they are mutually exclusive. They’re on opposite sides of the scale, so if you add to one side, you have to take away from the other. You want to keep your work demands strictly between the hours of 9 AM to 5 PM from Monday through Friday. On the other hand, you want to enjoy your life and personal time whenever you’re off duty. And in a perfect world, the scale of work and life would tip in favor of the latter.
Unfortunately, finding balance doesn’t come easily and in a world where we want to excel at our careers while also having a quality life, it’s damn near impossible.
When I was interviewing for my current job, I was warned by the recruiter, the hiring manager and other leaders that this is a 24/7 role. After all, the airline industry is just full of surprises. Secretly, I wondered if I could handle the pressure of always being “on” and ready to jump in at a moment’s notice. And then one of the people interviewing me told me that it’s not about finding the perfect work-life balance.
It’s about striving for work-life integration.
How do you deal with the demands of work? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!