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More Proof Work-Life Balance Can Be a Life-or-Death Issue

We all know – or knew – one of these people. We can’t prove the job killed him or her, but there were all the signs. While we can never say precisely that a given person’s job contributed to his or her stroke or heart attack, it is indisputable that long or stressful jobs contribute to many people’s strokes and heart attacks. Smart employees recognize their mortality and set limits. Smart leaders make sure their employees leave work on time. It’s the topic of my latest Forbes column.

Drawing the Line in Your Notes Might Draw the Line in Your Life


Who owns the notes you take at work? The issue might be less trivial than you think, bearing on your work-life balance, what your company buys and doesn’t buy with your paycheck, and whether they have claim for any thinking you do about their line of business. And for the 43% of U.S. workers who are either neutral or negative on their jobs allowing them to balance priorities at work and in their personal lives, forcing each into its own notebook might get both the sustained attention they deserve. My latest Forbes column considers the issue.

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