An interesting study by Ellen Galinsky of Families and Work Institute called ?Leaders in a Global Economy? on how men and women in 10 multinationals have dealt with primarily the following two questions:
The findings throws up some very interesting aspects of what is becoming a priority for people at work and who ultimately are more successful.
While 61% of the respondents were what one would call ?work-centric?, nearly 32 % put the same priority on their lives on and off the job (dual-centric). Some of these could also be tri-centric (work, home and a third area- a hobby / community work)
What difference does it make to be dual-centric?
While Dual-Centric people actually work about 5 hours less per week compared to work-centric people, there is no difference to visible success indicators such as compensation, number people they supervise or their reporting level.
So what should organizations be doing?
Be able to design appropriate ?work-life balance? policies and more critical, create an environment to encourage people to be ?dual-centric?.
So, if multi-tasking was not enough, this age demands we be multi-focused in mutli-areas too! (with similar levels of competence!)
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