Enough Already! Quotes from a survey regarding work/life balance

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Presentation for professionals and graduate students at the 2012 NACA National Convention in Charlotte, NC. Quotes are from unpublished 2010 research study by Michael Miller and Cindy Kane.

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  • Enough Already! Quotes from a survey regarding work/life balance

    1. 1. A few words from our survey respondents will build excitement and dramaticanticipation before our session starts...
    2. 2. What are the most serious mistakes you see made by campus activities professionals that are within their control to correct?What are the most serious mistakes you see made by campus activities professionals that are within their control to correct?What are the most serious mistakes you see made by campus activities professionals that are within their control to correct?What are the most serious mistakes you see made by campus activities professionals that are within their control to correct? The SSAO responds...
    3. 3. “Not scheduling flex time prior to the beginning of each semester and marking days out on the calendar. “Not looking in total at the schedule of events/programs and stepping back and asking if they are over programming OR if they could collaborate with other areas to assist with staffing.”“Not creating a PLAN for Graduate Students to be used at max capacity prior to their arrival in the office.”
    4. 4. What are the most serious mistakes you see made by campus activities professionals that are within their control to correct?What are the most serious mistakes you see made by campus activities professionals that are within their control to correct?What are the most serious mistakes you see made by campus activities professionals that are within their control to correct? What are the most serious mistakes you see made by campus activities professionals that are within their control to correct? The SSAO responds...
    5. 5. “Not clarifying supervisor and/or institutional expectations clearly.... if someone on my campus activities staff thinks these things, it isnt because I or the institution have said so.Secondly, letting students set expectations of their time - we have an obligation to model good behavior for students which includesstrong work ethic (ie., you stay late when its needed) and balance (its okay to protect me time).”
    6. 6. What are the most serious mistakes you see made by campus activities professionals that are within their control to correct?What are the most serious mistakes you see made by campus activities professionals that are within their control to correct?What are the most serious mistakes you see made by campus activities professionals that are within their control to correct?What are the most serious mistakes you see made by campus activities professionals that are within their control to correct? (SSAO responses)
    7. 7. “Counting the number of hours you work in a week. As soon as you do that, you start setting yourself up for frustration/ disappointment.” “Believing that expectations youve made of yourself areactually those of your supervisor. If there is an expectation thatis frustrating you, talk with your supervisor - you may find that you are driving yourself crazy unnecessarily.” “Ignoring the culture and context of the profession and the institution.”“Trying to compare the role of a salaried educator to someone working in the "corporate" world (particularly around issues like flex, hours, etc.) is not productive.
    8. 8. If you could control one thing about institutional or professional culture that makes work/life balance difficult for campus activitiesprofessionals, what would it be?
    9. 9. (This one hurts...get ready)
    10. 10. Attitude. The myth that Campus Activities professionalswork harder than everyone else on campus. The workin the field of Campus Activities is very visual as itrelates to events and programs. Sometimes we forgetthat there are faculty grading assignments late into theevening who are still expected to do individual researchin their fields along with professionals in other areaswho take work home every night. Campus Activitiesprofessionals really should not complain about latenights and long hours, no one forced us into this field.Our work is positive and enjoyable as we help studentsgrow. Your perspective is key in this balancing act.Dont alienate yourself from allies on campus by havingan elitist attitude about your work hours. Everyone oncampus is working hard, but I assure you they are nothaving as much fun!
    11. 11. If you could control one thing about institutional or professional culture that makes work/life balance difficult for campus activitiesprofessionals, what would it be?
    12. 12. “Giving permission to be intentional in this process of work/lifebalance is the first step. This should be an ongoingconversation during supervision. Weekly plans should bedeveloped to address this critical need and issue. To besuccessful in addressing this requires that campus activitiesprofessionals work with students to insure that theyunderstand the delicate balance of support and boundaries forthemselves as well as the professionals. The requirements forStudent Affairs professionals include the investment of time forwhich there is little substitution. I have often thought that weshould have 2 shifts--one focused on the day and one on theevening. There is a way to accomplish this in how we structurethe office hours and the event/meeting hours. This processrequires strategic planning and thinking. The process mustalso be transparent and insure that students are part of theplanning. A strong student leadership team can be aninstrumental part of the strategy.”
    13. 13. If you could control one thing about institutional or professional culture that makes work/life balance difficult for campus activitiesprofessionals, what would it be?
    14. 14. “Correct the assumption that StudentLife is a "young persons" job...that itis for those who have all the time inthe world, few responsibilities outsideof work, and will move on when they‘grow up’.”

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