QUESTION: “I feel like my job is taking away from my family life. How can I strike a better balance between work and family without truly hurting my career? — Mary (Kent, OH)
— Earn the right. Before you approach your supervisor about implementing a more flexible work arrangement, you have to earn the right to do so. Work hard and establish yourself as a top player for the company and then propose an altered work schedule when the employer sees the value you consistently deliver.
— Keep one calendar. Schedule business and personal commitments on the same calendar to avoid overbooking yourself. This way you can avoid scheduling a client meeting at the same time as a soccer game or school play and save those vacation days for the big events in your children’s lives.
— Make time. At least once a week, schedule a family activity that involves interaction such as a game night, trip to the park, etc.
— Organize and compartmentalize. Set aside one night a week or a month to get organized at work. If you take work home with you, make sure your kids don’t see it. Check e-mails after bedtime. When you’re home, it’s all about them. — Matt Ferguson, CEO, CareerBuilder.com