One simple phrase, one simple word – work+life “fit” – has transformed how organizations and people think and talk about work and life. Cali Williams Yost coined the phrase, now used by leading organizations such as the Society of Human Resources Management and the American Psychological Association, as a powerful alternative to work-life “balance.” Introduced and codified in the critically acclaimed book Work+Life: Finding the Fit That’s Right for You (Riverhead/Penguin Group, 2004), work+life fit is firmly entrenched in today’s workplace nomenclature.

When you stop trying to find that ever-elusive “balance” and learn to take control of the way your work and life “fit” together, day-to-day and at major life transitions, suddenly you:

  • Recognize that work+life fit is a verb, not a noun.
  • Understand how to succeed in today’s flexible work and life reality, rather than become overwhelmed.
  • Learn to use the work flexibility, technology and workspace options available to you with strategic intention.
  • See the possibilities for what you can accomplish, on and off the job.
  • Realize we all have a unique set of work and personal priorities at any given snowflakes!
  • Know how to manage better boundaries around accessibility and responsiveness.
  • Become more innovative, resourceful and nimble in how you think about and respond to change.
Knowing how to take control of the way your work and life fit together is a modern skill set we all need to be more effective at work and happier in life.

Resources to help you get started

Informal Day-To-Day Work+Life Fit

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Tweak It: Make What Matters to You Happen Every Day

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Interactive Learning

LinkedIn Learning module “Finding Work+Life Fit”


Formal Work+Life Fit Resets

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Work+Life: Finding the Fit That’s Right for You


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