The overworked, the underworked. The Great Divide. It’s odd to wrap the phrase “work-life” around the situations of these two groups of people, yet it does apply to both. (This post can also be found on Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robin-hardman/what-the-overworked-and-u_b_5945960.html )
"Limiting workplace email seems radical, but it’s a trend in Germany, where Volkswagen and Deutsche Telekom have adopted policies that limit work-related email to some employees on evenings and weekends. If this can happen in precision-mad, high-productivity Germany, could it happen in the United States? Absolutely. It not only could, but it should."
Work-life policies don't help to address work overload, which is what I like to call "the third rail of work-life." In order to make progress on preventing work overload, leaders need to realize that work-life is about stewardship of the energy of their workforce, not something that has to be fit in when business cycles allow.