Hirshman argues in Women On the Web (wowowow.com) that work is life. The more we, women especially, talk about finding a work-life balance, the more we will find our lives in imbalance.
"Don’t [workers] care about what they do at work?" Hirshman writes. "Is work a burdensome load they have to tote because they cannot afford to pay the bills if they do not drag themselves out of their "life" to work every day?"
Work, properly viewed, should be a place where people can be their best selves. It should be a place they are challenged in areas of creativity, problem solving, accomplishment, power and service (oh, yes, and in making lots of money).
When people talk about finding balance between work and life, don't they really mean finding ballance between "office life" and "family life " -- between two areas of satisfaction and accomplishment?
Why do we allow the fact that we "are required" to work in order to earn a salary to transform work into something odious? Sure, there are manipulative co-workers and overbearing bosses, but there are abrasive, insensitive people where ever we go.
If family is the "life" part of the equation, is "death" the work part of the equation. Instead, isn't it up to us to transform our work life into our "real life"?