Dr. Anita M. Subramaniam
Balancing Work & Family
Examples
• Before I was married this is how I
  went to work

• After marriage, things changed….
  – I started cooking
  –...
Examples
• After children, there was a metamorphosis
  –   My husband traveled at least 28 days in a month
  –   I gained ...
I decided to change

• Policy for everything in the US
  – Children have no time sense/sense of
    urgency
• Policies at ...
Mr. Hurry & Mr. Calm




      Dr. Anita M. Subramaniam
      Balancing Work & Family
The Story

Mr. Hurry is always on the run
He works long hours but never finishes his tasks on
time
He is unhappy, tired, a...
The Story

Mr. Calm plans his work
He is focused
He completes his job on time
He leaves work early and spends time with hi...
Ask Yourself…




Who would you like to be?




        Dr. Anita M. Subramaniam
        Balancing Work & Family
•      Do you spend more time at work than you
    would like to?
•      Do you think about work when you are at
    home?...
• Are you late often to work because of
  family situation?
• Do you worry about your children
  when at work?
• Do you ta...
Do you think it is time to change?
 Research Says:
 • Concerns at home influence productivity at work
 • Concerns at work ...
What you can do….
@ workplace
Work expands to fit time allotted
  (Parkinson’s Law), so…
• Change work habits
• Prioritize...
Work with your colleagues…

•   Understand their needs
•   Allow them to grow
•   Spend time with them
•   Teach them to p...
What institutions are doing..

 Introducing workshops on Work/Family
Balance
 Understand alternate work schedules:
–   fle...
What are your family demands?



 Are you able to satisfy them?




              Dr. Anita M. Subramaniam
              B...
What you can do…



@ home….
Work activities
 Don’t sweat the small stuff




             Dr. Anita M. Subramaniam
      ...
Don’t neglect your spouse …

• Your spouse is an important person in
  your life
• Do not take him/her for granted
• Share...
Children come first…
•   Understand your children’s needs
•   Express your care and love
•   Laugh off children’s pranks t...
Personally…
•   Eat healthy but easy to cook meals
•   Take care of your health
•   Learn to relax
•   Follow a hobby you ...
It is always time to celebrate

• Past is history, future is mystery and
  present is all we have and that is why is
  it ...
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This slide show is about work life imbalance and how we can make small changes to over come it. Dr. Anita Subramaniam has emphasized the need to change the way we look at things around us and focus on the important and ignore the trivia to gain a better work life balance.

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  1. 1. Dr. Anita M. Subramaniam Balancing Work & Family
  2. 2. Examples • Before I was married this is how I went to work • After marriage, things changed…. – I started cooking – I had less time for personal grooming – I had more housework to take care of Dr. Anita M. Subramaniam Balancing Work & Family
  3. 3. Examples • After children, there was a metamorphosis – My husband traveled at least 28 days in a month – I gained weight, no time for self grooming – I lost my temper several times a day – I had no time for breakfast most days – I started thriving on junk food – My hair turned completely white – I slept less and less every night – I was tired at work – I looked ten years older – I could not focus on work – I had no career goals Dr. Anita M. Subramaniam Balancing Work & Family
  4. 4. I decided to change • Policy for everything in the US – Children have no time sense/sense of urgency • Policies at home – Children love to do what adults do Dr. Anita M. Subramaniam Balancing Work & Family
  5. 5. Mr. Hurry & Mr. Calm Dr. Anita M. Subramaniam Balancing Work & Family
  6. 6. The Story Mr. Hurry is always on the run He works long hours but never finishes his tasks on time He is unhappy, tired, and unsure of himself He loves to be with his family; but he never has sufficient time Dr. Anita M. Subramaniam Balancing Work & Family
  7. 7. The Story Mr. Calm plans his work He is focused He completes his job on time He leaves work early and spends time with his family Dr. Anita M. Subramaniam Balancing Work & Family
  8. 8. Ask Yourself… Who would you like to be? Dr. Anita M. Subramaniam Balancing Work & Family
  9. 9. • Do you spend more time at work than you would like to? • Do you think about work when you are at home? • Do you spend more time commuting to work than you spend with your children in a day? • Do you spend weekends at work? • Do you lose your temper at home that is due to stress pileup at work? • Do you feel upset/anxious because of what is happening at work? • Does work negatively affect your personal life? Dr. Anita M. Subramaniam Balancing Work & Family
  10. 10. • Are you late often to work because of family situation? • Do you worry about your children when at work? • Do you take time off from work to take care of children/sick family members? • Do you grapple for time at work because of family demands? • Do you feel tired when you come to work? Dr. Anita M. Subramaniam Balancing Work & Family
  11. 11. Do you think it is time to change? Research Says: • Concerns at home influence productivity at work • Concerns at work influence harmony at home • More women at work than a decade ago • Opt Out Revolution - women opt out work for family • Fathering Deficit on the increase • Higher rates of alcohol use, smoking, & drug use • Sleep disorders • Problems in physical relationships • Workplace violence and temper on the increase Dr. Anita M. Subramaniam Balancing Work & Family
  12. 12. What you can do…. @ workplace Work expands to fit time allotted (Parkinson’s Law), so… • Change work habits • Prioritize • Plan your time – important vs. urgent • Organize • Don’t procrastinate These can increase productivity Dr. Anita M. Subramaniam Balancing Work & Family
  13. 13. Work with your colleagues… • Understand their needs • Allow them to grow • Spend time with them • Teach them to perform better • Don’t micromanage • Appreciate new ideas and talents • Show you care Dr. Anita M. Subramaniam Balancing Work & Family
  14. 14. What institutions are doing.. Introducing workshops on Work/Family Balance Understand alternate work schedules: – flex time, – telecommuting, – shift swap, – limits on overtime, – compressed workweek etc. Consideration of family needs Dr. Anita M. Subramaniam Balancing Work & Family
  15. 15. What are your family demands? Are you able to satisfy them? Dr. Anita M. Subramaniam Balancing Work & Family
  16. 16. What you can do… @ home…. Work activities Don’t sweat the small stuff Dr. Anita M. Subramaniam Balancing Work & Family
  17. 17. Don’t neglect your spouse … • Your spouse is an important person in your life • Do not take him/her for granted • Share views not show anger • Understand his/her needs • Let him/her know you care • Spend special time • Talk over issues Dr. Anita M. Subramaniam Balancing Work & Family
  18. 18. Children come first… • Understand your children’s needs • Express your care and love • Laugh off children’s pranks they don’t last long • Allot more time for them • Plan activities you can do with them • Joke & play with them • Tell them stories • Read to them at bed time • Share your knowledge • Discipline them when you have to Dr. Anita M. Subramaniam Balancing Work & Family
  19. 19. Personally… • Eat healthy but easy to cook meals • Take care of your health • Learn to relax • Follow a hobby you enjoy • Pamper yourself • Develop a sense of humor • Prioritize family needs and demands • Entertain friends and family W/ family • Love yourself Dr. Anita M. Subramaniam Balancing Work & Family
  20. 20. It is always time to celebrate • Past is history, future is mystery and present is all we have and that is why is it called The “Present” Celebrate your life… nothing is more important than happiness Dr. Anita M. Subramaniam Balancing Work & Family
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