The Real Secret to Better Work-Life Balance Isn't At All

This Article Was Originally Written for the Huffington Post

Ask a group of job hunters for their employment wish list these days and you’ll probably hear something about work-life balance. It’s treated like yet another job perk, along with juicing stations, gym memberships and dog-friendly offices — and it’s now so embedded in the concept of a “dream job” that people are repeating it without defining what work-life balance even means.

Talk to currently employed people, and the story changes. You’ll find a lot of these benefits don’t really have much of an impact on their satisfaction – it’s not perks that make a job fulfilling, but the job itself. Millennials especially care not only about making enough money but also finding meaning in their jobs. And that gets to the heart of why most people pursue and stay at specific positions. All the massage chairs in the world aren’t going to keep an employee who dislikes performing her daily responsibilities or feels like her work is benign.

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