Work/Life Balance

The latest source of stress for workers isn’t their mountainous workload or difficult co-workers. It’s their vacations. A recent Randstad Work Watch survey reveals that a large percentage of employees find taking time off for vacation difficult.
More Americans are working from home, even if they aren’t doing it very often, according to a recent survey by WorldatWork. The proliferation of high-speed connectivity and hand-held devices—as well as gas prices—is fueling the trend.
We know your to-do list is overflowing, but here’s a list of books to help you boost your energy level, be more content and focus on priorities:
More pink slips are on the horizon … While you can’t control the job market, you can control the impact you make at work every day. “It’s important for your own survival to do what you can, as opposed to backing into a corner and waiting for the ax to fall,” says Deb Bright, a longtime executive coach, of Bright Enterprises. 
Pump up your managers with useful research they don’t have time to do themselves … Sharpen your workplace instincts by playing The Office-Politics Game … Soothe stress by first dividing triggers into two categories …
What’s the best way to help a co-worker who has cancer? Here’s advice from Kris Hart, a 43-year-old vice president of global brand management at Harrah’s Entertainment and a breast cancer survivor.

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 …