Thursday, February 16, 2012

Work-Life Balance: Are You Kidding Me?

In this economy, many employees may feel that they have no right to ask for balance between their work and home life. Sadly, many employers would like to keep it that way.

If you are in a job situation that requires you to work consistent overtime and promotes a culture that rewards it, you are not alone. Many employers are seeking to gain profits by reducing the number of employees and increasing the workload of those who remain. What do you do?


This may be hard to do, but employers respect those who clearly state what they can and cannot accomplish based on the amount of time available and workload required. If you are dealing with a manager who insists that you work long hours, try negotiating comp time. Additionally, check out any legalities regarding overtime in your state and what expectations are not allowed.


Without a clear schedule that includes your personal goals and relationships, you'll be stuck. For special events, birthdays, exercise, chores, and even dreams, keep a calendar. Be sure to include goals that are specific and realistic. With technology at your fingertips, you can be reminded in many ways of your upcoming events.


Make sure you are consistently pursuing your passions even when your current job is not exactly what you hoped for or wish to continue. Invest time in yourself. Find areas in your job that you would want to incorporate in your future positions and learn those skills while you're there, as this will allow you to see the benefits of using what you have to get to where you want to be.

1 comment:

  1. This is excellent advice, Aaron.

    Pursuing work-life balance is first a choice, second a mindset, and third a set of skills and practices put to work every day.