Are we tilting towards work in the work-life balance equation, asks Gina Passarella in an article in Law.com. The article speaks of young associates asking for more assignments- at the cost of work-life balance- to keep their jobs in a downturn which is affecting all sections of society.
The pressures of an economic crisis have added to the stress levels of many executives. A few examples of recent events typify this manifestation:
- An executive hesitated to take the vacation he planned lest he return to find someone else occupying his place.
- More outsourcing has led to teams carrying out multiple projects with tighter deadlines than ever before.
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The title is not meant to suggest that working wives are not or cannot be home makers. It’s just to trigger discussion on a question I saw recently. “Do Men Prefer Working Wives?” asks Ritu Varma in her article in the Times of India. The answer seems to be an overwhelming “yes”. But I guess such an answer is – in India at least-largely restricted to the urbanites.
What do you think is the biggest worry for the Indian consumer? is it the political situation in our country? Is it the raging inflation which affects his every day life or is it the pressure of work? Live Mint.com has interesting findings which say that for Indians work-life balance is Worry No.1 with 20 % of respondents citing this aspect. On the one hand, the growth in the economy has fueled rapid prosperity for many of the working population. On the other, this has resulted in their having to sacrifice personal time and priorities to meet higher demands at work.
“Are You Addicted to Work?” asked an article in the Times of India some days ago. It spoke of the intense work pressures that many people are subject to. Working 14 or more hours per day is common place. People worry about taking a few days off lest their competitors- both within and outside the organisation -do better than them. Continue reading
Thanks to Marci Alboher’s Shifting Careers blog in the New York Times, I came across Venkat Rao’s Ribbonfarm.com. I liked the simple yet very effective drawings that Venkat puts up to illustrate his points. The one regarding the evolution of work-life patterns is worth seeing.
I guess the extent to which we allow either the “work” aspects or the “life” aspects to dominate our lives is really left up to us. I say so because the mythical balance can come about only through making the right choices to meet our needs. I realize too that this balance changes dynamically at different stages of our career/life. What was awfully important to me 25 years ago, doesn’t seem to be a major draw just now. Likewise, what I looked at with scorn 25 years ago is, I am afraid, becoming awfully important to me now.
Like I hope to do, plan to visit Ribbonfarm.com from time to time to catch up with Venkat’s thoughts….and drawings.
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This is Post No: 208 of the “A Step A Day” series : To provide perspective and provoke thought to facilitate self-development across a wide spectrum of issues- big and small- crucial for executive success
When was the last time you felt you really needed a break, to step back from the hustle and bustle of daily living, from rushing from one scheduled appointment to another ? Many believe that the time has come to Slow Down. CNN.com’s John Blake writes that the “Slow Movement” wants you to ease up and chill out.
Did you know that Mothers Day has been celebrated for over 100 years? Best wishes on Mothers Day to the thousands of mothers- young and old- who have given off their best for their children over the years, often sacrificing their personal interests and priorities.
Today’s working mom really needs to be Super Mom to manage the demands of her job and her family.
It’s crystal clear that our performance at work is affected by events at home. Those who manage both these important parts of their lives are the only ones who will succeed.
Increasingly, we see young couples get jobs, get married and get kids…not necessarily in that order. This raises issues of “Who’s To Do What” around the house.