Work/Life Balance

Swaddling the cost of child care

December 31, 2008 Categorized in: Work/Life Balance

Cheaper child care is increasingly necessary as budgets tighten, says Lisa Belkin, a New York Times reporter who covers workplace issues. Here are some of the creative ways working families are reducing the costs.
As health insurance costs skyrocket, even as benefits dwindle, so does the trend toward employers setting up wellness programs—71% of U.S. employers offered such programs in 2008. Is your office ready to be a part of the wellness movement? Here’s how to make the case to leadership and take some initial steps.
The same tactics you use at work can help you get everything done at home. Some people, however, leave their work skills at work. What they should be doing, experts say, is setting goals, outsourcing tasks and reviewing performance, just like a workplace manager.
Handling the sudden needs of aging parents is likely to be a major workplace disruption in the next few years. Why? The senior population in need of daily care is set to rise nearly 40% in the next decade. Here’s how to prepare for the crisis.
To keep your own morale high, turn regularly to your sources of restoration: family, hobbies, exercise, etc.
Anyone revved up to work longer and retire later? Workers may not have a choice, suggests a new book, Working Longer: The Solution to the Retirement Income Challenge.

Alleviate that pain in your neck

September 5, 2008 Categorized in: Work/Life Balance

Being glued to your desk or computer all day takes its toll on your stiff neck, aching back and numb wrist. Try incorporating stretching into your routine and alleviate, or even prevent, the pain …

Saving for college: scary thought?

September 5, 2008 Categorized in: Work/Life Balance

What’s more frightening to parents than terrorism and violent video games? Paying for college, reports one recent parent survey. Whether you’re a parent who has been saving for years or are just starting, says money expert Jean Chatzky, take these three steps to prepare.
The No. 1 reason people quit their jobs? Excessive stress, says a recent study of 93 large companies. Take action before you feel so overwhelmed. Try these easy stress-busting techniques from Tevis Gale, career coach and head of the consulting firm Balance Integration.
Strike the phrase, “How was your day, honey?” from your vocabulary. Why? A significant number of people are too tired to converse at the end of the day, according to a Harvard Business Review study.
Clark started yoga and meditation. Her symptoms went away. That was six years ago, and today, not only does her health seem better, but her mind doesn’t race and multitask constantly.
Where does the day go? We spend at least 36 minutes at work every day on personal tasks, according to a survey by OfficeTeam.
You may have had “in-between” times in your life: in-between jobs, in-between relationships, in-between the old you and the new you. Such times can make you feel uncomfortable and insecure, but that’s a good sign, says life coach Gail Blanke.