Last week Dr. Zamora discussed the importance of narrowing down exactly what I wanted to focus on regarding my thesis. Work-life balance is a broad topic to cover. It’s no surprise that work-life balance is a factor in an individual’s life that many struggle with. Therefore, I must establish what exactly I am trying to shed light on. Dr. Zamora gave me a few interesting starting points allowing me to think and research about how we got here. When and why did the concept of work-life balance become so huge? From the articles I have read, the work-life balance appears to be successful when one is able to have minimal conflict between work, family, and one’s personal life. This term has been around for years, and certain sites mention the term dating back to the 80s when discussing the Women’s Liberation Movement. Women at that time had begun working but were still expected to uphold their duties as a mother and housekeeper. This begins to interest me and has me thinking if there should be a case study on the geriatric population and today’s generation. Is there a difference in stress levels? With the geriatric population experiencing World War II, were they subject to working longer hours? Does this tie into the Fair Labor Standards Act?
Without this balance, stress and burnout come about. Did you know that it wasn’t until 2019 when the World Health Organization declared that burnout is an official medical diagnosis? This makes me ask myself, is there really a balance? Perhaps, this is why we now also focus on work-life integration.