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Mikhail Karan

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Is Work-Life Balance Dead?

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HTML All The Things is a web development podcast and discord community which was started by Matt and Mike, developers based in Ontario, Canada.

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What's This One About?

In this episode Matt and Mike discuss a rather popular topic as of late, work-life balance. With many active discussions going on about the 4-day work week and mental health, the topic of work-life balance is not far behind. The COVID-19 pandemic has made working from home (remote working) has far more common, however, with some employers realizing that employees can be reached virtually any time, work-life balance can take a serious hit. The duo discuss their own work-life balance struggles, the issues that being constantly "plugged in" can cause, and the anxiety of trying not check your work emails/messages.

Show Notes

2:33 - Introduction
7:00 - Do you believe in work/life balance?
18:00 - Do you think constantly being at the ready, on-call without actually being on-call is bad for mental health?
27:25 - Do you consider having phone/internet connection when going somewhere?

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51:45 - How quickly do you check your phone?
57:10 - Does having too much passion for your work potentially hurt your work life balance?
67:05 - Many people are on salaries, should there be some sort of overtime terms negotiated so that employers are invested in work/life balance?
72:45 - Do you ever get derailed by work emails or calls during your off time?
76:05 - Is work/life balance dead? Do we need to fight for it?

Key Takeaways

  • Temporary spurts of an imbalanced life can lead to better balance in the future
  • Make it ok to take a sick day!
  • As a leader in the workplace, set the precedent of work life balance.
  • Sometimes you've got to think of the people around you, if you're a passionate worker that does a bunch of free work for your company, how does that effect the normal workers around you?

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