Work-Life Balance Vs. Work-Life Integration—Which Holds More Benefits? - Deepstash

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Work And Life: The Premise

Work And Life: The Premise

Work is a part of life. But most people don’t want work to be their entire life; they want time and energy to devote to their job and to their personal life—like their family, hobbies, and personal responsibilities. And generally, there are two ways to achieve that scenario—work-life balance or work-life integration.

Work-life balance and work-life integration can both create space for your work and your personal life—without one overtaking the other. But each takes a very different path to get there.


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Difference Between Work-Life Balance And Work-Life Integration

  • Work-life balance(WLB) is about creating clear, firm boundaries between your work and your life.
  • Work-life balance is focused on keeping life and work separately.
  • The concept of work-life balance has more structure and is more familiar to most.
  • Work-life integration(WLI), however, blurs the line between work and life. “Work-life integration focuses on blending both personal and professional responsibilities.
  • If you’re embracing the work-life integration model, you’re free to tackle personal tasks during work hours—and vice versa. 


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The Pros And Cons Of WLB and WLI

The Pros And Cons Of WLB and WLI

  • Neither one of these perspectives holds more benefit across the board because people are different.
  • The model that will hold the most benefits will vary from person to person.

Generally, people fall into one of two categories: segmentors or integrators.

  • Segmentors fear that, without strong time and space boundaries, one side will take over the other...eliminating the balance they seek.
  • Integrators prefer fluid or porous boundaries between work and home.


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Benefits Of Work Life Balance

Benefits Of Work Life Balance

It allows you to devote your full attention to your work or your life at any given time.

When you're at work, you're really at work; you're not thinking about the things that you need to get done around the house or trying to squeeze in a trip to the grocery store in between meetings-which can help you be more effective and productive.

And when you're done with work you can spend time with your loved ones.


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Benefits Of Work-Life Integration

Benefits Of Work-Life Integration

  • Flexibility.
  • Work-life integration allows employees to coordinate their schedules and responsibilities in a more productive way.
  • Integrating work and life is not a choice.
  • People who embrace the integration model may be better equipped to succeed in today’s increasingly remote and hybrid work environment.


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Now You Decide

Now You Decide

  • The purpose of choosing one or the other is to find a sense of harmony between your work and your life.
  • Whatever option you choose, remember that the purpose is to help you lower stress, become more efficient, and increase your personal well-being.


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