Myth: “Gen-X Employees Don’t Want to Work Hard” – Time to Stop Blaming, Start Changing
Last night I spoke to a group of prospective students interested in Columbia Business School, my alma mater. I discussed the benefit of my degree, but also addressed the question of “work/life balance.” I emphasized that there is no such thing “balance,” only “fit” that you can strategically adjust over the course of your career and life. To me, it seemed amazing that this discussion was even taking place—that the subject of work+life was even on the radar screen. Back in 1992, when I was applying to MBA programs, the terms work and life were never mentioned. No need: work was work, life was life. Enough said.
So what’s going on? Well, like any organization, Columbia is answering the interests and needs of its customers. And, for their customers, how to work and have a life after getting an MBA is important. The subject is also being addressed at other top business schools. I gave the keynote speech last May at Tuck/Dartmouth’s WorkLife Conference, and you can read about my experience speaking to students at Harvard Business School in my article, It’s Fit, Not Balance: The New Work+Life Fit Reality.