Blurring refers to theblurring of the boundaries between professional and private life. In the dictionary of the modern working world, it illustrates this gray area where professional tools intrude on our private lives and vice-versa.
This phenomenon has intensified with the rise of remote work and the increasing use of technology. More and more employees, especially executives, are consulting their professional e-mails outside office hours, or using their professional tools for personal reasons. On the other hand, who hasn't handled a private matter during working hours?
A recent study shows that this blur affects a large proportion of French professionals. While some see it as an advantageous form of flexibility, others feel the stress of a never-ending disconnect between work and rest. Blurring, as the English dictionary puts it, can therefore have an impact on the health of employees and managers, if the limits are not clearly defined.
Companies have a role to play in this organization. Managers and HR teams can offer advice and guides to help employees establish these boundaries. In France, for example, the right to disconnect offers an initial legal response to this phenomenon. It aims to protect the health of professionals by ensuring that they have a balanced period of rest, free from professional demands.
Finally, in a world where the "between this and that" blur is becoming the norm, every employee and company must strive to redefine and respect these boundaries to ensure a healthy work-life balance, while optimizing results.