In times of crisis, people begin to reflect on things that they could be doing better, or things that they are not doing enough. One of those things that you may have been putting on the back burner is your family life. Although your career may be important, it is not the only thing that requires your time and devotion. If the recent crisis at the Boston Marathon has got you thinking about scaling back a bit more Jacquelyn Smith of Forbes has some answers to achieving a better work life balance. Here are some of the tips that she offered:
Learn Your Employerâ€™s Policies. Inquire about your companyâ€™s policies on flextime and working from home. If youâ€™re a strong performer, you have a better chance of negotiating an arrangement that works for both you and your employer.
Communicate. If you wonâ€™t be available for certain hours during the day or weekend because youâ€™re dealing with family issues, let your manager and colleagues know, and get their full support.
Use Technology to Your Advantage. Technology should help make your life easier, not control it. Ban technology at certain times so that you can focus on your family or friends.
Telecommute. Telecommuting a few times a week could help free up valuable hours. Youâ€™ll be able to focus on work for long stretches at a time and use the extra hours to meet personal responsibilities.
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