Special Issue

The New Work/Life Balance

How to manage burnout, establish boundaries, and find time for both work and family—even if you’re working from home
Harvard Business Review
Work life balance

AS THE CORONAVIRUS crisis continues, it’s becoming clear that the extraordinary pressures on our daily lives are not subsiding any time soon.

Employees working from home have to confront the lack of a practical boundary between work and personal time. Working parents whose children are now at home must make impossible choices about how to split their days. Those choices are made more confusing by the rapid fluctuation of conditions as some areas reopen and as businesses themselves face existential crises and shortages of staff that call for more of their leaders’ attention, not less.

How can you balance so many demands sustainably? Most work/life balance survival tactics come back to the basics, even if the basics look a little different now: Identify your priorities (we’re all a little more clear-eyed now about what’s important in life). Communicate with your family. Rely on your colleagues and friends. Set better boundaries.

Whether you’re new to remote work or you’re a seasoned pro, you’ve likely experienced the benefi ts and the challenges of getting things done away from the office. The You at Work: Doing Your Best Work Remotely article collection provides best practices and tips on:

• Collaborating effectively with remote teams

• Maintaining focus while working from home

• Managing remote direct reports

• Running effective virtual meetings, and much more.

About the Publisher

Harvard Business Review Special Issues are timely, single-theme collections of HBR articles written by some of the world's leading management scholars and practitioners. HBR editors handpick each article for its relevance and insight. To help busy leaders quickly absorb and apply the concepts, these collections also include short "Idea in Brief" summaries. This issue focuses on how to balance work and life, especially as daily routines are upended by the coronavirus.

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Publish Date

November 2020