Bentsi-Enchill, J.D., Principal
InSite Corporate Coaching & Training
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for meeting challenges at work AND at home. We'll provide
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This issue will focus on Work-Life Balance,
and provide concrete strategies for meeting the demands at
work and in your personal life.
Our "Labor Pain" section answers the
questions you've e-mailed us about work-related
challenges. Just click on the title(s) of any article that
interests you, and.....Enjoy!
So often we hear about organizing our time differently
in order to create greater work/life balance...
but there is another, more important component to creating
DEFINING YOUR VALUES AND PRIORITIES
Today, an increasing number of professionals are
experiencing burnout, low productivity, insomnia, and
stress-related illnesses…undoubtedly due to a lack of
balance between their work and personal lives. For
example, the ABA has reported that the desire for more
time to meet personal and family needs is one of the major
reasons lawyers consider leaving the legal profession.
The most commonly reported obstacle to a balanced life
is the sheer number of hours many of us are required to work.
Although many firms communicate their desire to assist
employees in this area, the structure and demands of the
work environment are often contradictory.
Living a balanced life will require making some serious
decisions about how you want to live your life.
Ultimately, these decisions will lead to changes, which will
help you to create a healthier lifestyle that reflects
The #1 Component in Creating Life Balance
Most experts who write about creating balance recommend
that you manage your time better or begin making time for
self-care. Although this may be part of achieving balance,
the most important component is
developing an understanding of your personal and
professional values and priorities.
Balance is about making intentional choices, on
a daily basis, which reflect your personal values and
priorities. Therefore, to achieve balance, you’ve got to
have a clear sense of what’s most important for you to
have in your life. Once you have this information, as you
move throughout your day you’ll have an idea of what
commitments will move you closer to or further away from
your values and priorities.
What looks like balance to one person may differ for
another because individuals have different goals, values
and definitions of success. However, there are some
common definitions of balance, which include:
- Having a sense that there is enough time in the
day to effectively accomplish work-related tasks
- The ability to get through our daily work and
family responsibilities without feeling drained
- Having the ability to participate in activities
we enjoy on a regular basis.
Although the concepts around achieving balance are
simple, actually achieving balance isn’t easy, yet it
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If you find that you could use some work
in the area of work-life balance, come back
and check out our helpful tips in the
Don't Know Where to
You recognize that your life is out of
balance, but you aren't sure what to do
about it. Read about
6 Steps to get you on your
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collegues interested in creating greater balance?
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For additional information about start dates, please call
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is devoted to addressing your work-related challenges.
My husband and I are expecting our first child. The
problem is that I work for a demanding male manager. Most
other women in our department who've recently had kids
feel pressure to take off as little time as possible. I'm
committed to moving up in the company but I'm also
committed to spending this time with our new baby. How do
I take the leave I deserve and am entitled do without
compromising my career?
ANSWER: Your first priority is to keep in mind
that you are entitled to maternity leave. The standard set
by the federal Family and Medical Leave Act, for employers
with 50 or more employees, is up to 12 unpaid weeks during
a 12 month period for the birth and care of a newborn
child. Verify your company's maternity leave policy. Next,
set up a meeting with your manager and clearly communicate
your professional objectives. Let him know that although
you're committed to the health and well-being of your
child, that you're also committed to meeting expectations
and advancing your career. Be sure to be clear about your
boundaries while you're on leave. Next, develop a
"delegation plan" before you leave. This plan will
facilitate a smooth transition, and ensure that things get
done while you're on leave. Finally, enjoy your time off!
'In this age, we believe there's a short cut to
everything. The greatest lesson to be learned is that
most difficult way is, in the long run, the easiest.'
— Henry Miller
Warmly, Jatrine Bentsi-Enchill, J.D.
voice: 704 814-6784
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