Purpose The article undertakes the problem of balancing professional and private life, which seems to be particularly important in the busy world of today. It turns out that more and more people devote too much time to work, which in turn adversely affects their family life. Therefore, the author attempts to identify directions and methods of changes, aimed at balancing professional and personal life. Methodology The starting point for discussion are the results of surveys conducted by Polish and international organizations, which are complemented by the results of a survey, conducted among the participants of the conference and focus group discussions. The author shows the importance of the problem of balancing work and private life and its impact on the functioning of the contemporary man. Findings It seems that nowadays individuals cannot maintain a symbiosis between work and private life, and what is more, they are not aware of this. In consequence, no action is taken to reduce the negative effects of this imbalance. This shows the importance of developing appropriate guidelines. Research limitations/implications. The focus group discussions lead to the following conclusions: - the need to make the contemporary man realize the importance of maintaining a balance between work and private life; - different groups of stakeholders and new technologies have an impact on the work-life balance. Originality Shaping a symbiosis between work and private life requires a comprehensive approach to the problem and the cooperation of all stakeholders in this process. Therefore, it seems important to continue research and analyses on harmonizing the different spheres of the human life and a possibly fast execution of these proposals.
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