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Work/Life Integration Beats Work/Life Balance

To be more innovative and productive, break out of the office culture.

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If you don’t work remotely, you’re probably feeling a little overwhelmed by the demands of your job. That’s according to a recent Harvard business school survey which found that 94% of professionals worked over 50 hours per week, and nearly half clocked over 65. The unreality of finding that fabled work-life balance has led modern professionals to put their life first and integrate their work to levels previously thought undesirable. CEO Reed Hastings of Netflix, for example, “lived in Italy with his family while Netflix, based in Los Gatos, California, continued to soar.”

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The rise of the “anywhere worker” has been a boon to both employees and employers, according to a Unify-led survey which captured data from the UK, US, and Germany: “68% of people who described their teams as ‘very successful’ have more than half of their team members in different locations.” The survey also found that successful teams collaborate freely regardless of their location: “79% of these successful teams say they are more likely to share a spontaneous idea on a virtual call than during an in-person meeting.” To be more innovative and productive, break out of the office culture.

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