At my high school reunion this past weekend, I had multiple conversations with old friends about the challenges we all face in finding work-life balance while raising young children and building our careers. Maybe it's because work-life balance is an obsession of mine, but it seemed that almost every classmate (and spouse) I spoke to struggled with the always-on demands of an employer or clients.
The exception, of course, were those classmates who had quit paid work and devoted all their time to caring for their children. While I respect that choice, I wish it didn't have to be so all or nothing. I talked to moms and dads alike who wished they could cut back to part-time hours, turn off the BlackBerry for a few hours or even see their kids at dinner time on a regular basis. Why is our modern workplace so demanding of employees?
I certainly don't have all the work-life balance secrets, but in my last seven years covering the work-life beat I've discovered a few universal truths. As many great flex-work programs as there are out there, ultimately it comes down to you, your priorities and what you're willing to sacrifice in order to be present for your family.
Do you have an "if only" dream that you think would solve your work-life balance woes? Why not make today the first day in your journey to that ideal?
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