Is 'work-life balance' still relevant?

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Pre-coronavirus, good work-life balance was relatively easy to quantify.

Those who were able to concentrate on work only when in the office and leave their anxieties at the door, whose companies ensure that they were able to balance parenthood with their roles and take annual leave when needed would have likely considered their balance to be positive, whilst those who were victims of ‘always-on’ culture suffered.  

However, in the post-coronavirus age, work-life balance has blurred greatly. Remote working, living and operating out of the same space, caring for vulnerable family members and children and the powerful temptation to continue working outside of work hours without the definition in the day provided by commuting are all threats to the physical and mental health of workers. And this is without discussing the detrimental effects of potentially working and living alone and the isolation that this can bring.

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