Professional Growth vs. Personal Life Focus: Evolving Perspectives on Work-Life Harmony and How Organisations Can Embrace the Empowered Workplace

Micah Walker, Megan Holden-Wells

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Abstract

Harmony between work and personal life is both achievable and an enriching growth endeavour. When a career dominates life choices, the focus quality of personal life may suffer. Conversely, when personal commitments arise, compromises are often made regarding professional growth. We argue that there is value for organisations in harmonising the benefits of both work and life, which can be expanded by empowered choices for employees in programming their work-life balance during their careers. In this article, we explore the perspectives of career-focused employees over the long term as they navigate personal milestones at various stages of life. Further, we suggest that empowered choice workplaces possess a competitive advantage. Organisations applying strategic thinking and meaningful action to facilitate such opportunities will enjoy improved retention and engagement as they redefine enterprise growth as a source of human flourishing. The concept of human flourishing as a holistic evolution of work-life balance is increasingly relevant in the post-COVID workplace for organisations and professionals striving for improved overall wellbeing and career satisfaction.
Original languageEnglish
No.12
Specialist publicationAIB Review
Publication statusPublished - 29 Jul 2024

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