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Wharton CareerMgt1

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http://executiveeducation.wharton.upenn.edu http://knowledge.wharton.upenn.edu
Managing Your Career
The Work/Life Balance,
Whether it’s deciding
which parent continues to work after a child is born,figuring out the jigsaw puzzle of job demands and out-of-work commitments,or simply finding time to take a vacation, work/life balance is a critical equationthat all employees need to solve. While these issues have been given increasingvisibility in recent years, causing workers to literally redefine what successcan mean, pressure on the work end has not subsided—and in many cases it’sincreasing. The following articles from
look at the clashbetween home and work life and what it takes to keep people plugged into theirjobs while feeling personally fulfilled.
The Work/Life Balance
Plateauing: Redefining Success at Work 4
Employees are starting to set career paths based on their own needs, values, and definitions of success.They are otherwise talented and energetic workers who are “plateauing”—setting boundaries around theirambitions rather than striving to climb the next step up the corporate ladder. Some companies are beginningto take notice, providing new options and opportunities in the ongoing war for talent.
Reluctant Vacationers: Why Americans Work More, Relax Less Than Europeans 10
Workers in much of Western Europe can afford to check out for a month in August because they receive anaverage of nearly 2 months a year in paid leave, a combination of vacation and government holidays. Thatdistinguishes them from citizens of the United States, who, despite a similarly productive economy and acomparable standard of living, enjoy about half as much paid time off. Why are Americans reluctant, or unable,to extricate themselves from their jobs and sign up for some serious vacation time?
Women Who Step Out of the Corporate World Find It Hard To Step Back In 13
Women executives who leave the corporate world when they hit a glass ceiling, want to raise a family full-time, or decide to focus on other interests, encounter frustrating roadblocks in their attempts to re-enterthe workforce, according to new Wharton research. To overcome the obstacles, women should confrontthe difficulties they face and prepare for their return to the labor force the moment they leave, says MonicaMcGrath, adjunct professor of management at Wharton.
Work and Family: Is Peaceful Co-existence Possible? 16
In their book,
Work and Family—Allies or Enemies? What Happens When Business Professionals Confront Life Choices 
, authors Stewart D. Friedman and Jeffrey H. Greenhaus set out to study the experience of860 business professionals, as recorded in extensive questionnaires describing the hectic lives of theinterviewees. Conventional wisdom, our reviewer notes, will be upset by some of the findings contained inthis well-researched and serious approach to a much-dissected subject.
More Than Job Demands or Personality, Lack of Organizational Respect 18Fuels Employee Burnout
One of the biggest complaints employees have, according to Wharton Management Professor Sigal Barsade,is that “they are not sufficiently recognized by their organizations for the work they do.” Barsade and doctoralstudent Lakshmi Ramarajan look at the role of respect in a paper entitled “What Makes the Job Tough? TheInfluence of Organizational Respect on Burnout in Human Services.

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