The Complete Guide to Better Work, Life, and Family Balance

Maybe, you have stress related health problems, perhaps you are not eating right, and you are probably fighting with your spouse, boyfriend or best buddy because you spend too little time with the people you care about most. You probably can’t find the time to return phone calls or send a birthday card to your Aunt Betty. It doesn’t matter if you are a lineman for a utility company, a pizza delivery girl, a corporate executive or an aspiring dancer. In today’s chaotic world, it is a safe bet that you don’t have enough time for work, family and friends. And, since your boss holds a tight rein on your paycheck, it is likely that your family and friends are the ones that suffer.

TABE OF CONTENTS
INTRODUCTION………………………….3
YOU ARE NOT ALONE!……………….5
IT’S TIME TO TAKE ACTION………11
‘THE CAREER’ VERSUS ‘THE JOB’……………………………13
KEEPING THE HOME FIRE BURNING……………………….22
HOW IS YOUR SOCIAL LIFE?…….29
SETTING EXPECTATIONS…………32
SETTING GOALS………………………33
COMMUNICATION IS KEY………….36
TIPPING THE SCALES……………….39
DEALING WITH STRESS……………43
KEEPING IT FRESH AND FLEXIBLE…………….48
SUMMARY………………………50

A recent study done by the Families and Work Institute illustrates that young workers just starting out in the workforce are choosing to turn down promotional opportunities to achieve greater work/life balance. Why do you suppose these apple-cheeked, enthusiastic job entrants might take this approach? In a study done with young employees by Families and Workplace, work/life balance was among the top for both genders. Most of these young adults were raised in families where both parents worked and they experienced the sacrifice and demands placed upon their parents, firsthand. Not surprisingly, of all the generations in the workforce today, these young adults are the most likely to consider job flexibility and schedules when they look for a job, and it is key to employee retention for companies that employ these young workforce.