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Teach the new, critical skill: Managing work/life demands

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by Cali Williams Yost


work life balanceThere’s only so much an organization can do to help em­­ployees with their work/life balance. Some of it has to be up to them. Your organization can allow flexibility in how the work gets done, but in the end, it’s up to each individual employee to figure out how to use that flexibility.

As flextime and flex-place have taken hold in organi­zations, employees are more responsible—not less—for thoughtfully and deliberately putting up boundaries between work and the other parts of their lives. They have to determine for themselves how their wellness, personal relationships, personal lives, finances, job skills, networking and the other pieces of their days and their lives fit into or around their work time.

What I’ve discovered in my research is that most of us don’t know how to figure that out. It’s a modern skill set that we all need, but few of us have. We’re still waiting for someone to tell us what ...(register to read more)

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Allison O'Kelly May 15, 2013 at 10:00 am

Interesting perspective – the conversation around work/life alignment tends to surface questions like, “What can my company do for me?”

You’re right, there is only so much your employer can do until the rest is up to the employee. The company can offer alternative work options to its employees, but then it’s the employee’s turn to figure out how to best leverage these options. Due to the nature of flexibility, and the rise in popularity of results oriented work, many employers understand the importance of getting out of their employee’s way. At Mom Corps, my results-based management style includes working to find self-motivated leaders that will thrive in the environment we offer, provide them with the tools and resources they need to be successful, and then get out of their way. -Allison O’Kelly, founder/CEO Mom Corps


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