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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

focus on the big picture and use long range planning  Use prioritizing and organizational skills to make sense out of conflicting demands 2 .Achieving Work Life Balance Workshop  Purpose:  To focus on how to successfully combine work.  Approach:  To create a skill set that enhances the ability to evaluate priorities. family relationships and leisure time into a satisfying life.

Activities and social spaces are becoming ambiguous.   3 . It is harder than ever to keep up with both your work and personal activities.The Work – Life Balance  Work and personal world were once very distinct.

Some things people deal with on a daily basis  Getting ahead at work Spending quality time with your significant other Caring for elderly parents Doing chores at home     Taking care of children Commuting to/from work 4  .

 The day started at 8:00AM and ended at 4:45 PM however.The Never-Ending Work Day …  There was a time when people in the IRS reported to work Monday through Friday and worked an 8 hour day. 5 .  The world has changed. Some of the changes in the work world caused a change and blurring of the work and personal worlds.

Changes in the Work World  Global economy International business Advanced communication technology Flex-time schedules Alternative or flexi-place work location Changes in family structure (dual-career)      6 .

Some Facts to Consider About the Workforce  57% of people who say they had to go into work late or leave early did so because of caring for elderly relatives 4% say they’ve turned down a promotion 10% say they went from full-time to part-time work Article in Forbes Magazine. 2009   7 .March 17.

Survey Results From More Than 50.000 Employees from a Variety of Manufacturing and Service Organizations Found (Source: Quintessential Careers article)  2 out of every 5 employees are dissatisfied with the balance between their work and personal lives  The lack of balance is due to:     Long work hours Changing demographics More time in the car Deterioration of boundaries between work and home 8 .

 If you set a priority (EX: advance in your career). 9 . remember that the work/life balance can mean different things to different people.  You also have to be realistic.  It can also change and mean different things to you at various points in your career.So … How Do You Restore Balance to your Life?  First. you have to be realistic about what that will require.

10 Tips for Getting your Work/Life in Balance ( By Randall S.D.) 1. Hansen. Your 1st step is to research your employer’s policies and methods of handling previous requests 2. Ph.  Explore careers that are less stressful and more flexible 10 . Negotiate a Change with Your Current Employer   Changes can include: flextime. telecommuting or part-time employment. Find a New Career  Some careers are simply more stressful and time-consuming than others. job-sharing.

 This may involve working with your current employer to identify a new position 4. Slow Down    Life is simply too short Take steps to stop and enjoy the things and people around you.10 Tips for Getting your Work/Life in Balance (continued) 3. Find some ways to distance yourself from the things that are causing you the most stress 11 . Find a New Job  Rather than a career change. perhaps you simply need to take a less stressful job within your chosen career.

most of the stress they feel comes from simply being disorganized – and procrastinating.10 Tips for Getting your Work/Life in Balance (continued) 5.  Get your partner or other family members to help you with all your personal/family responsibilities 12 . Share the Load  Even though we may sometimes feel we’re the only ones capable of doing something.  For many people. Avoid Procrastination. it's usually not the case. Learn to Better Manage Your Time.  Learn to set more realistic goals and deadlines – and then stick to them 6.

10 Tips for Getting your Work/Life in Balance (continued) 7.  In many cases you do have options. Let Things Go. Get Help. Explore Your Options. you just need to take the time to explore them  EX: a sitter for your children. counseling for yourself  Don’t feel overwhelmed with your family responsibilities 13 . (Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff)   Learn to let things go every once in a while Learn to recognize the things that don’t really have much impact in your life and allow yourself to let them go  … then don’t beat yourself up for doing so 8. options for care of your aging parents.

Simplify  It’s human nature to take on too many tasks and responsibilities.10 Tips for Getting your Work/Life in Balance (continued) 9. 14 . Take Charge. Set Priorities. to try to do too much and to own too much. 10.  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  Buck the trend.   Find a way to simplify your life Change your lifestyle  Get rid of the clutter and baggage in your house – and your life.

Final Thought on the Work/Life Balance…. Life is a process .    Find the right balance that works for you Celebrate your successes and don’t dwell on your failures. the key word is balance.  In the end.. and so is striving for balance in your life. 15 .

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