There are tons of articles on work-life balance and I try to get my hands on as much information as I can on this topic. As our world evolves, we see this topic evolving as well. After I joined Dell a couple of years ago, our CMO, Karen Quintos, was nominated by Working Mother magazine for Mother of the Year (The Statesman). There was a video released and I remember Karen saying something to the effect of, “there is no such thing as work-life balance, but there is life.” I took from this that there are some times when work will take more of your time, and other instances when you need to tune-in more to your family. Her statement spoke to me, and I’ve carried it with me since becoming a mom.
Now I know what you’re thinking, “Another blog about work-life balance, blah, blah, blah.” I want to ask you a few questions that maybe you’ve never thought about before. This article may speak more to you than others, and if you are bored at this point, go ahead and close out this page (I dare you not to!).
- Does your company support your family situation?
- Do you find that your role is so time consuming, that you are missing little Janie/Johnny’s soccer games(insert other kid activity) week after week? Are you giving up things that important to you like your sessions with your trainer (or other outside activities for yourself)?
- Are you burnt out?
- Are you taking any vacation (I mean a real vacation where you are unplugging your smart phone, even for a long weekend)?
After I had my son in 2013, I found that my company was more important than ever in supporting my work-life situation. Not only did I work from home, but Dell gave me the flexibility to take him to daycare or the doctor easily. I also found a plethora of coworkers who were supportive of this new life for me. My company gave me the tools and technology I needed to check email while at a doctor’s appointment or take a conference call while on the road. This applies to my readers who are not parents as well. Really consider my first question: does your company/role support your work/life priorities?
As a recruiter for close to 10 years, I’ve talked to hundreds of candidates and one of the reasons people identify when seeking another job is that they are looking for better work-life balance. Let me say this: those roles are out there! They do exist and those companies exist as well! At the end of the day, don’t you want to work for an organization who “gets it”? I know I do.
Sr. Recruiter – Dell, Americas
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