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Chapter 7: Wellbeing and Work–Life Boundaries/Interfaces

Wellbeing and Work–Life Boundaries/Interfaces

Wellbeing and work–life boundaries/interfaces
James Campbell Quick

Introduction

Something there is that doesn't love a wall ….

(Frost, 1914: 11)

Good fences make good neighbors.

(Frost, 1914: 13)

The point of this chapter is to understand how boundaries and interfaces work to complement each other as organizing devices to regulate work–life systems in order to enhance the wellbeing in organizational life. Robert Frost's (1914) poem ‘Mending Wall', from which the opening lines are taken, speaks to the intractability of boundaries and interfaces. There is a paradox here. On the one hand is the instinct to be safe and secure, surrounded by good fences and strong walls. On the other hand is the instinct to be free, go forth into the world, ...

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