Work-life balance is non-existent in this day and age and workers need to adapt, said founder of strategic leadership development firm Rezilium, Kamal Sarma.
Speaking to a room of over 500 property managers at the Australasian Property Management Conference (ARPM13) in Sydney, Mr Sarma questioned the attendees' understanding of what it meant to have a work-life balance.
“Once upon a time, there was this thing called work-life separation, so you could actually separate your home and your life,” he said.
“No-one knew your address; people couldn’t contact you after hours. That was in the 1980s.
“In the 1990s, there was a thing called work-life balance. People wouldn’t contact you; you weren’t switched on all the time.”
But now we are living in a time of work-life integration, where work and life are totally integrated, Mr Sarma explained.
“You could get up at 12am and you could check your emails if you wanted to. It’s not as if we don’t have the facilities to do so. What we need to change is what’s inside our heads. Can you re-wire your brain so that you don’t check your emails, so that you don’t check your Facebook account?” he said.
Other speakers at ARPM13 included Starr Partners CEO Douglas Driscoll; director of UK-based Finders Keepers Frank Webster; Real Estate Institute of Australia’s Property Manager of the Year winner Ranita Patel and Harris Real Estate department head Suzie Hamilton-Flanagan.