But sometimes, the problem isn't so much that work is overwhelming. It's that life is overwhelming. It's not just the driving and the demands for your time and attention.
It's the ten loads of laundry and the two-inch thick layer of dust and the mountains of dishes and the hard water stains in the bathtub that accumulate when most of the day is taken up with working.
So, some say, get men to do more housework and child care. Many do. The number of hours men put into housework and child care has been steadily increasing, though women still do more than men. Let it go, say some others. The dishes will still be there tomorrow, and the house doesn't have to be perfect. Live and let live.
Those arguments sometimes annoy me. What if you're a single mom and you're not getting any help with housework? And even if you can learn to live with a little dust, people still need to eat and wear clothes. The housework still has to get done.
That's why I found this article from HuffPost so interesting. Get your boss to pay for your housecleaning!
I admit it, I love this idea.
I can't imagine that workers will be clamoring for their legal rights to sparkling kitchen sinks anytime soon (though that idea sounds fun....). But I also think there are some companies that could afford to pay for a perk like this. I mean, seriously, when you consider how many millions some of the richest companies pay out to their CEOs, I'm sure they could spare a little change to help out with the dishes every so often. Can you imagine how long the prospective employee line would be?
In all seriousness, there are ethical concerns. Would maids get the same privilege of having their houses cleaned or would this, like so many other work/life benefits, be a perk only the richest few would be entitled to?
Still, I'm glad employers are at least thinking about ways to make it easier for people to find some kind of balance. I'm glad some recognize that it might not be the work that's overwhelming people, and that it pays off for their employees and their companies when employers try to find a way for people to manage both.
And you know that if a local company started paying for the occasional ready-made meal, I'd be first in line with my resume.