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All the discussions about flexi-time or dress-down Fridays or paternity leave only serve to mask the core issue, which is that certain job and career choices are fundamentally incompatible with being meaningfully engaged on a day-to-day basis with a young family.

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This quote by author Nigel Marsh means that corporate policies designed to promote a work-life balance — such as “casual Fridays” — do not adequately address the problem they are designed to help, which is that many workers are unable to have a healthy home life because of the demands of their job. The quote is from Marsh’s 2011 TED Talk on the subject of work-life balance.

Watch the full TED Talk here: Nigel Marsh – How to Make Work-Life Balance Work


“How to Make Work-Life Balance Work.” TEDxSydney. May 2010. Conference Presentation.


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