Work life balance has become an increasingly important factor for the emerging workforce of twenty-somethings in Canada. It’s apparent that prospective employees are no longer drawn to a position by cushy salaries and good benefits. They demand respect and trust from their employers to not be taken advantage of and to be able to perform at their position while not being expected to commit every waking hour to the job.
Boundaries are easily blurred between time in and outside of work when smartphones buzz and ping for every email that your boss sends you. And let’s admit, it’s not always easy to ignore.
The CBC’s current affairs program The Current recently dedicated a segment of their program to the shifting ways in which work-life balance has been perceived over the past few decades. Guest and author of the book, Overwhelmed: Work, Love and Play, When No One Has The Time, Brigid Schulte noted that no matter how much time is spent away from work we tend to consume ourselves with “busy-ness.”
One sector of the job market that has embraced the demand of a better balance of work and leisure is the ever growing digital technology industry. Search giant Google and small sized start-ups often provide flexible work hours. This implies that there is a greater level of trust between employers and employees. And this is no doubt a more valuable way to work with the expectation of completing work expectations on time, and focusing less of strict hourly rules and regulations.
Remote working is another flexible working condition that many digital technology companies offer to their employees. And with the ability the work from anywhere, employees are able to live a far distance from the place of employment but still stay connected with their superiors and work in conditions that accommodate a working from home lifestyle.
This affords the opportunity for employees to no longer be bound by their proximity to the workplace. The affordances of digital technology are most certainly an asset in this case of establishing a better work-life balance. The possibility of working “abroad” in another city or even country are not entirely out of the question anymore. The ability to find a sublet through the rising number of apartment sharing communities in Canada opens up the opportunity to take your work to another city for a summer. Get a feel for the relaxed vibes of the West coast and sublet in Vancouver, take in the bustling city dwellers of Toronto, or find short term rentals in Montreal to get a taste of Quebec’s vibrant and unique French culture.
Take charge of your work-life balance, take full advantage of companies that offer remote working and discover a Canadian city for a couple of months. Get that travel bug out of your system while maintaining a steady job – now that’s an amazing balancing act!