A lot of us are having to take work home, whether we like it or not, and it’s throwing off our work-life balance. (Your bosses know this, they just don’t care—but more on that tomorrow.) What exactly is work-life integration? It’s exactly what it sounds like: Your life bleeds into your work, your work bleeds into your life, and your boundaries get blurred. Here’s why it’s happening.
1. More employees are working remotely from home than ever. When you work from home, you’re already using work-life integration, even if you stick to a standard 9 to 5 schedule.
2. Your think you have to. A new study says that 98 percent of executives check email in off-hours, with over 60 percent checking their email every hour or two when they’re not actually working.
3. Your boss assumes you will. As for the rest of us who aren’t executives? We just feel like we’re supposed to, so we do. If you don’t set clear boundaries when you’re hired and honor them, this will become expected of all of us. So take one for the team and log off, please.