A while back, a Bain & Co. survey of MBA students and graduates revealed that half of men and slightly more than half of women plan to “prioritize non-work commitments over career progression.” That’s a good thing.
This doesn’t mean that they plan to not get their work done. It doesn’t mean putting other parts of your life ahead of work every time. But it means that when it comes to a choice between other parts of your life—such as a date with your significant other or a child’s school play—and doing work that will result in career progression, the rest of life wins more than it loses.
I don’t believe in “work-life balance.” I will write more about this later, but I summarize the point by saying there is just life balance. Work is part of life. We are not balancing between work and life, but rather among various aspects of our life, one of which is work.
As an MBA student who works full time, eats lunch at home almost every day, exercises regularly, and spends time with my kids on evenings and weekends, I am glad I’m joined by 50 percent of my colleagues in placing other aspects of life on a higher pedestal than promotion.