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Work lifebalance

  1. 1. ACHIEVING WORK-LIFE BALANCE AIM- IRS Conference August 2009 Grand Rapids, Michigan Presented by: HMT Industry Director, Charlie Brantley HMT Director of Field Operations – West , Dave Horton
  2. 2. Achieving Work Life Balance Workshop <ul><li>Purpose: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>To focus on how to successfully combine work, family relationships and leisure time into a satisfying life. </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Approach: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>To create a skill set that enhances the ability to evaluate priorities, focus on the big picture and use long range planning </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Use prioritizing and organizational skills to make sense out of conflicting demands </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  3. 3. The Work – Life Balance <ul><li>Work and personal world were once very distinct. </li></ul><ul><li>It is harder than ever to keep up with both your work and personal activities. </li></ul><ul><li>Activities and social spaces are becoming ambiguous. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Some things people deal with on a daily basis <ul><li>Getting ahead at work </li></ul><ul><li>Spending quality time with your significant other </li></ul><ul><li>Caring for elderly parents </li></ul><ul><li>Doing chores at home </li></ul><ul><li>Taking care of children </li></ul><ul><li>Commuting to/from work </li></ul>
  5. 5. The Never-Ending Work Day … <ul><li>There was a time when people in the IRS reported to work Monday through Friday and worked an 8 hour day. </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>The day started at 8:00AM and ended at 4:45 PM however , </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>The world has changed. Some of the changes in the work world caused a change and blurring of the work and personal worlds. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Changes in the Work World <ul><li>Global economy </li></ul><ul><li>International business </li></ul><ul><li>Advanced communication technology </li></ul><ul><li>Flex-time schedules </li></ul><ul><li>Alternative or flexi-place work location </li></ul><ul><li>Changes in family structure (dual-career) </li></ul>
  7. 7. Some Facts to Consider About the Workforce <ul><li>57% of people who say they had to go into work late or leave early did so because of caring for elderly relatives </li></ul><ul><li>4% say they’ve turned down a promotion </li></ul><ul><li>10% say they went from full-time to part-time work </li></ul><ul><li>Article in Forbes Magazine- March 17, 2009 </li></ul>
  8. 8. Survey Results From More Than 50,000 Employees from a Variety of Manufacturing and Service Organizations Found (Source: Quintessential Careers article) <ul><li>2 out of every 5 employees are dissatisfied with the balance between their work and personal lives </li></ul><ul><li>The lack of balance is due to: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Long work hours </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Changing demographics </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>More time in the car </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Deterioration of boundaries between work and home </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. So … How Do You Restore Balance to your Life? <ul><li>First, remember that the work/life balance can mean different things to different people. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>It can also change and mean different things to you at various points in your career. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>You also have to be realistic . </li></ul><ul><ul><li>If you set a priority (EX: advance in your career), you have to be realistic about what that will require. </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. 10 Tips for Getting your Work/Life in Balance ( By Randall S. Hansen, Ph.D.) <ul><li>Negotiate a Change with Your Current Employer </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Changes can include: flextime, job-sharing, telecommuting or part-time employment. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Your 1 st step is to research your employer’s policies and methods of handling previous requests </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Find a New Career </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Some careers are simply more stressful and time-consuming than others. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>E xplore careers that are less stressful and more flexible </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  11. 11. 10 Tips for Getting your Work/Life in Balance (continued) <ul><li>Find a New Job </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Rather than a career change, perhaps you simply need to take a less stressful job within your chosen career. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>This may involve working with your current employer to identify a new position </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Slow Down </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Life is simply too short </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Take steps to stop and enjoy the things and people around you. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Find some ways to distance yourself from the things that are causing you the most stress </li></ul></ul></ul>
  12. 12. 10 Tips for Getting your Work/Life in Balance (continued) <ul><li>Learn to Better Manage Your Time. Avoid Procrastination. </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>For many people, most of the stress they feel comes from simply being disorganized – and procrastinating. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Learn to set more realistic goals and deadlines – and then stick to them </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Share the Load </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Even though we may sometimes feel we’re the only ones capable of doing something, it's usually not the case. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Get your partner or other family members to help you with all your personal/family responsibilities </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  13. 13. 10 Tips for Getting your Work/Life in Balance (continued) <ul><li>Let Things Go. (Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff) </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Learn to let things go every once in a while </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Learn to recognize the things that don’t really have much impact in your life and allow yourself to let them go </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>… then don’t beat yourself up for doing so </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Explore Your Options. Get Help . </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>In many cases you do have options; you just need to take the time to explore them </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>EX: a sitter for your children, options for care of your aging parents, counseling for yourself </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Don’t feel overwhelmed with your family responsibilities </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  14. 14. 10 Tips for Getting your Work/Life in Balance (continued) <ul><li>Take Charge. Set Priorities. </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Sometimes it’s easier for us to allow ourselves to feel overwhelmed rather than taking charge and developing a prioritized list of things that need to get done </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Buck the trend. </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Simplify </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>It’s human nature to take on too many tasks and responsibilities, to try to do too much and to own too much. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Find a way to simplify your life </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Change your lifestyle </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Get rid of the clutter and baggage in your house – and your life. </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  15. 15. Final Thought on the Work/Life Balance…. <ul><li>In the end, the key word is balance. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Find the right balance that works for you </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Celebrate your successes and don’t dwell on your failures. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Life is a process .. and so is striving for balance in your life. </li></ul></ul>
  16. 16. 7 Tips For Work-Life Balance By: Jeff Wuorio <ul><li>Don’t overbook </li></ul><ul><li>Prioritize ruthlessly </li></ul><ul><li>Learn how to say no </li></ul><ul><li>Organize </li></ul><ul><li>Use technology </li></ul><ul><li>…but don’t overdo it </li></ul><ul><li>Know it won’t always be perfect </li></ul>
  17. 17. Don’t Overbook: <ul><li>Don’t plan too many things </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Assume that only 50% of things you plan for the day will actually get done </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lisa McGonagle (Public Relations business owner – Boston) </li></ul></ul>
  18. 18. Prioritize Ruthlessly: <ul><li>The secret to booking your time effectively boils down to knowing what is important and what can wait </li></ul><ul><li>Use the sharpest knife to trim the essential from the secondary </li></ul><ul><li>Krista Kurth, Co-author “Running on Plenty at Work” </li></ul>
  19. 19. Learn to Say No <ul><li>One of the biggest land mines to effective time management is recognizing you don’t have to agree with everything and with everyone. </li></ul><ul><li>“ Saying no to one thing opens the door to saying yes to something else” Krista Kurth </li></ul>
  20. 20. Organize <ul><li>Bringing time into line isn’t just a matter of scheduling. </li></ul><ul><li>“ Eliminating clutter and the chaos it causes will give you a gift of 240 to 288 hours every year” </li></ul><ul><li>Peggy Duncan (an Atlanta-based personal productivity authority) </li></ul><ul><li>Organizational ideas include : </li></ul>
  21. 21. Use Technology: <ul><li>Go beyond personal habits and practices for time management. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Use technology as another weapon to make the most effective use of your workday </li></ul></ul><ul><li>“ Sticky notes are one of the worst things in the world. ..” </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>“ ..You should live by your database. That way nothing is ever forgotten.” </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Lisa McGonagle </li></ul></ul></ul>
  22. 22. (Use technology) … But Don’t Overdue It <ul><li>Part of effective time management is knowing when to shut things down </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Turning off a cell phone or other wireless means of communication establishes boundaries </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Helps you balance your personal and professional time </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  23. 23. Know It Won’t Always Be Perfect <ul><li>“ Be grateful for what goes right and learn from your mistakes.” </li></ul><ul><li>Do what you can and enjoy whatever time you spend more pleasantly and productively . </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Time management is not an exact science. Don’t stress out and waste time in the process obsessing over every second of time. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Krista Kurth </li></ul></ul>

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