Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Balance

A 24/7 mentality has blurred the distinctions between work and home, but employers would be wise to promote a respect for the boundaries

Today's working environment, where globalization and customer demand meet head on, requires a 24-hour, seven-days-a-week culture of continuous production and service delivery. This pressure to provide superior products, information, and services is facilitated in numerous ways by technology. While workers can communicate with suppliers, customers, and clients more efficiently than ever—often exceeding consumer expectations and demands—the distinction between employees' home and work lives has blurred, and work increasingly encroaches into personal and family time.

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