29
Dec

Bringing Work/Life Balance Into The Workplace

By Rhonda Poirier, Managing Senior Partner

There’s good news this week for the laboring masses, which is just about everyone in my estimation. “Simple pleasures,” defined as socializing, good food, entertainment and romance, to name just a few, facilitate goal achievement and can even negate the effect of those petty annoyances we encounter every day.  It’s true, according to a study reported in the Journal of the Association for Consumer Research by researchers from the University of Houston Bauer School of Business and the University of Cologne Social Cognition Center. Of course, the research findings are much more specific and nuanced. There’s a very nice summary of the findings, and the interpretative limitations, at http://www.futurity.org/simple-pleasures-goals-1316722/.

Imagine the possibilities if these research findings were to become widely embraced in the workplace. We might find agility derbies for our canine-buddies in the hallways, weekly open-mic stand-up comedy opportunities, movie afternoons, and virtual reality arcades in every business and industry. Slow adopters might start with bright, comfortable and inviting break rooms designed for socialization and chock full of catered goodies. The early adopters would quickly add shopping to their employee benefits package. This very entertaining and therapeutic pastime would garner paid time off and mental health coverage. I could go on and on. Working remotely could quickly become a thing of the past – who would opt to work from home when the office offers so much?

The ROI for this new investment in “simple pleasures” work environments? Nothing less than hockey stick growth curves for business and industry as employees achieve work objectives at the speed of light. And just think what might be accomplished with the feds working at lightspeed.

Such imaginings far exceed the interpretative limitations of the research to be sure. Though I found them to be quite entertaining and now, suddenly, I have a tremendous urge to get back to work! I think I’m off to a good start for 2017. Happy New Year!