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Work-life balance? Know trade-offs too, PM Lee says

PM warns S'poreans that overseas competitors seek to steal their lunch

Published on Sep 25, 2013 7:44 AM
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Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong speaks on a live television forum on Channel News Asia on Sept 24 2013. Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has sought to inject some balance in the national preoccupation with work-life balance, warning Singaporeans that competitors are out to steal their lunch. -- PHOTO: MINISTRY OF COMMUNICATIONS AND INFORMATION

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has sought to inject some balance in the national preoccupation with work-life balance, warning Singaporeans that competitors are out to steal their lunch.

At a televised forum last night, he said the idea of work-life balance has become so popular it is now a tag phrase.

"They call it a meme on the Internet," he said, adding that people who used the phrase did not seem quite sure what they meant by it except that they would like more free time and less stress.

It was also not clear if people knew the trade-offs, he said.

 
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