We hear a lot these days about “work-life balance.” And most of the discussion is about how hard — or impossible — it is to achieve. And that’s no surprise because the conversation is built on a false premise. The truth is that we bring our whole selves to work. Work and life, well-being and productivity, are not on opposite sides needing to be balanced.

They are on the same side so they can rise together. And that can happen when we start from the premise of life-work integration. That means creating workplaces and a way of living and working that acknowledge our humanity. It’s about realizing we don’t have to choose between meeting our life goals and meeting our career goals. The things we value most outside of work aren’t obstacles to success that need to be hidden or apologized for or checked at the door when we arrive at the office. With life-work integration, those things are the very aspects of our lives that can fuel our success.

That’s why we’re both so thrilled to announce that Jen will be Thrive Global’s first-ever Life0Work Integration Editor-at-Large, curating our new Life-Work Integration hub, presented by Deloitte, where she serves as Chief Well-Being Officer. Here you’ll find expert advice, inspiring personal stories, insights, and Microsteps you can immediately incorporate into your daily life to find a Life-Work integration that works for you.

For instance, there’s “The Thrive Guide to Navigating Work During a Personal Crisis,” which gives you science-backed tips on navigating a personal crisis or major health issue at work. There’s “The Thrive Guide to Creating a Gratitude-Focused Workplace,” which offers practical ways to strengthen your company culture — and your own sense of perspective and resilience — through the amazing power of gratitude. And there’s the “Thrive Guide to Rediscovering Your Purpose at Work,” which helps those who are feeling disengaged to rediscover their purpose in their careers.

Life-Work integration isn’t without its challenges. The world is always changing and so are our lives. Life-Work integration isn’t a box to check off, it’s a way of living and working that needs our constant care and attention. But we need to start with the right premise — that being connected to what makes us human and what we value most in the world are the core of our well-being. So, stop chasing the myth of work-life balance, and make our Life-Work integration section your guide to thrive in all parts of your life.

Author(s)

  • Arianna Huffington

    Founder & CEO of Thrive

    Arianna Huffington is the founder and CEO of Thrive, the founder of The Huffington Post, and the author of 15 books, including Thrive and The Sleep Revolution. In 2016, she launched Thrive, a leading behavior change tech company with the mission of changing the way we work and live by ending the collective delusion that burnout is the price we must pay for success. She has been named to Time Magazine’s list of the world’s 100 most influential people and the Forbes Most Powerful Women list. Originally from Greece, she moved to England when she was 16 and graduated from Cambridge University with an M.A. in economics. At 21, she became president of the famed debating society, the Cambridge Union. She serves on numerous boards, including Onex and The B Team. Her last two books, Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder and The Sleep Revolution: Transforming Your Life, One Night At A Time, both became instant international bestsellers. Most recently, she wrote the foreword to Thrive's first book, Your Time to Thrive: End Burnout, Increase Well-being, and Unlock Your Full Potential with the New Science of Microsteps.

  • Jen Fisher

    Chief Well-being Officer at Deloitte and Editor-at-Large, Life-Work Integration at Thrive Global

    Jen Fisher is a leading voice on workplace well-being and creating human-centered organizational cultures. She frequently speaks and writes about building a culture of well-being at work and serves as Deloitte’s chief well-being officer in the United States, where she drives the strategy and innovation around work-life, health, and wellness. Jen is also the host of WorkWell, a podcast series on the latest work-life trends and author of the book, Work Better Together: How to Cultivate Strong Relationships to Maximize Well-Being and Boost Bottom Lines (McGraw-Hill, June 2021). Jen is a healthy lifestyle enthusiast and seeks to infuse aspects of wellness in everything she does. She believes self-care is a daily pursuit and considers herself an exercise fanatic, sleep advocate, and book nerd! As a breast cancer survivor, she is passionate about advocating for women’s health and sharing her recovery journey. Jen lives in Miami with her husband, Albert and dog, Fiona.

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