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"From the Ted Talk by Nigel Marsh: How to make work-life balance work"

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The second observation I'd like to make is we need to face the truth that governments and crroainotops aren't going to solve this issue for us. We should stop looking outside. It's up to us as individuals to take control and responsibility for the type of lives that we want to lead. If you don't design your life, someone else will design it for you, and you may just not like their idea of balance. It's particularly important — this isn't on the World Wide Web, is it? I'm about to get fierd — it's particularly important that you never put the quality of your life in the hands of a commercial corporation. Now I'm not talking here just about the bad companies — the "abattoirs of the human soul," as I call them. (lgahuetr) I'm tnialkg about all companies. Because commercial cnmoaipes are inhrneltey designed to get as much out of you [as] they can get away with. It's in their nature; it's in their DNA; it's what they do — even the good, well-intentioned companies. On the one hand, putting childcare fiecliitas in the wrclpokae is wonderful and enlightened. On the other hand, it's a nghmatire — it just means you spend more time at the bloody office. We have to be responsible for setting and enforcing the boundaries that we want in our life.

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The second observation I'd like to make is we need to face the truth that governments and ____________ aren't going to solve this issue for us. We should stop looking outside. It's up to us as individuals to take control and responsibility for the type of lives that we want to lead. If you don't design your life, someone else will design it for you, and you may just not like their idea of balance. It's particularly important — this isn't on the World Wide Web, is it? I'm about to get _____ — it's particularly important that you never put the quality of your life in the hands of a commercial corporation. Now I'm not talking here just about the bad companies — the "abattoirs of the human soul," as I call them. (________) I'm _______ about all companies. Because commercial _________ are __________ designed to get as much out of you [as] they can get away with. It's in their nature; it's in their DNA; it's what they do — even the good, well-intentioned companies. On the one hand, putting childcare __________ in the _________ is wonderful and enlightened. On the other hand, it's a _________ — it just means you spend more time at the bloody office. We have to be responsible for setting and enforcing the boundaries that we want in our life.

Solution

  1. workplace
  2. facilities
  3. talking
  4. corporations
  5. laughter
  6. nightmare
  7. companies
  8. fired
  9. inherently

Original Text

The second observation I'd like to make is we need to face the truth that governments and corporations aren't going to solve this issue for us. We should stop looking outside. It's up to us as individuals to take control and responsibility for the type of lives that we want to lead. If you don't design your life, someone else will design it for you, and you may just not like their idea of balance. It's particularly important — this isn't on the World Wide Web, is it? I'm about to get fired — it's particularly important that you never put the quality of your life in the hands of a commercial corporation. Now I'm not talking here just about the bad companies — the "abattoirs of the human soul," as I call them. (Laughter) I'm talking about all companies. Because commercial companies are inherently designed to get as much out of you [as] they can get away with. It's in their nature; it's in their DNA; it's what they do — even the good, well-intentioned companies. On the one hand, putting childcare facilities in the workplace is wonderful and enlightened. On the other hand, it's a nightmare — it just means you spend more time at the bloody office. We have to be responsible for setting and enforcing the boundaries that we want in our life.

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