Is "no communication after 6pm and on weekends" really a good work/life balance? Or maybe it is more like the minimum for a regular job as a developer?
In my opinion, a good work/life balance includes not requiring attendence every day, that the individual can decide to use his time of highest motivation, that he/she can take a day off if it is good for the family - and work on weekends if she/he decides to.
Asking for work/life balance makes you look unwilling to work? You are right, maybe for some, but definitely not for all the companies.
Instead: Asking for a default work/life balance and getting it will make you a default developer, not a hard working one because you will not love your job because you can not use the peaks of motivation ( hint: they are not scheduled regularly from 9am to 5pm ;-) )
I asked about work/life balance in my letter of application and in the job interviews. It sorted out a lot of companies fast, still leaving enough open positions. This allowed me to find a company which I like to work hard for now, because I have good work/life balance.
There are not as many developers as there are jobs.
The demand of companies is higher than the supply.
But there is not only demand at the companies, there is also a demand at the developers, a demand for a healthier, more productive, higher motivated and more fulfilling permanent position.
"Is "no communication after 6pm and on weekends" really a good work/life balance? Or maybe it is more like the minimum for a regular job as a developer?"
No, I do not think so. We work 8 hours a day, that is a third of the day. About 1/4 of the life is spent at work. Some of the best friends are found at work, so I think the workplace should do their part for people to have a social life both at the workplace and after hours. Of course it does not fit everybody, so also that most social events are optional, is important, I think.
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