Why is it difficult to achieve a work-life balance?

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Dr. Kathleen Hall
Preventive Medicine
When we think of work, the image that comes to mind for most in the Western world is one of intense productivity. As a result, the American workplace is often the most spiritually barren space many of us experience. The requirement to make business decisions based on bottom-line thinking often eliminates making decisions based on achieving work-life balance. Maintaining a balance in our work and life in the American workplace is an extraordinary challenge.

These days the paths of profit and work-life balance rarely cross. Fifty-five percent of American workers say their workday leaves them overtired and overwhelmed and forty percent rate their jobs as stressful or extremely stressful. The recent economic shift, with its downsizing and layoffs, has only exacerbated the problem: workers left behind find themselves saddled with twice as much work for the same amount of pay.
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