Each Fantastic Friday throughout the month of November has been dedicated to the work//home balancing act. Previous articles have covered the plan fail dichotomy and balancing work vacations and school schedules, balancing family time vs office networking time and balancing home and work when priorities change. Today, the final Fantastic Friday of November will deal with making each side feel special.
A reality of life in modern day America is that most people have responsibilities both inside and outside the home. While for the most part work home hours and work hours don’t coincide, it is natural to think of obligations to one side while on duty with the other. When you are at work, whether you work at home or a traditional workplace, your employer, employees and customers expect you to be at work and thinking about work. Likewise, when you are at home, your family wants you to think about their needs and not pending issues at the office. However, the reality is that we do not turn off completely just because we are at home and we do not turn off home automatically just because we walk into the office building.
When you arrive at work, you have an obligation to perform your work duties. It is natural that you would think of things that are going on at home for example:
- your spouse just got laid off
- your teenager is not doing as well as he should be in school
- your daughter is having trouble adjusting to her new middle school
- you are out of side dishes for that night’s dinner
- you have not done laundry in three days
- your supervisor is not pleased with your work and is threatening to have you fired
- your co-workers shirk their responsibilities and have ruined the report due tomorrow
- one of the people who reports to you has been absent from work and not called in for 3 days