Letters To A Natalist World: The “Work-Life Balance” Is YOUR OWN Responsibility
Dear Natalist World,
We need to talk.
All this moaning about a “work-life balance,” especially one specifically for parents, has got to stop. Seriously. I’ts ridiculous. It turns out, you’re not special just because you chose to be a parent. Believe it or not, those of us without kids have lives outside of our jobs too. We make it work, as any adult should be able to.
While a reasonable degree of flexibility from employers is nice, ultimately, balancing out your life is your own responsibility as an adult. Employers pay you to work for them, not to have a personal life. If your work and your personal life conflict, then you have to accept that you must either get a new job that suits the lifestyle that you desire, or alter your lifestyle to suit the requirements of the job you voluntarily agreed to work. There is no reason to expect employers to make special accommodations for you ever single time you happen to want one.
I always wonder about the people who complain about employers not catering to them, personally, altering the job to suit whatever “work-life balance” the employee wants, in a manner that is not extended to all employees equally. They seem like grown versions of the children who were always paid whatever allowance they asked their parents for, while doing little or no work to earn it, and having their parents work their lives around them. I say this because that seems to be the expectation some people place on their employers, as if employers are just nannies to adults.
Take responsibility for sorting out your own life, like a grown up. Finding a “work-life balance” is YOUR problem to work out.