Work /life balance

Discussion in 'Small Talk' started by buckwheat, Apr 16, 2012.

  1. buckwheat

    buckwheat Active Member

    Are you a workaholic or do you work the required hours and then head home to be with the family. I sometimes work more than 8 hours during the day, but I still make sure that I get home in enough time to spend with the family.

    (CNN) -- Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg recently set off quite a debate in the tech world when she told an interviewer that she works a 9-to-5 schedule:

    "I walk out of this office every day at 5:30 so I'm home for dinner with my kids at 6, and interestingly, I've been doing that since I had kids," Sandberg said in a video posted on "I did that when I was at Google, I did that here, and I would say it's not until the last year, two years that I'm brave enough to talk about it publicly. Now I certainly wouldn't lie, but I wasn't running around giving speeches on it."

    Here's the essential questions raised by the tech executive's comments and the debate that followed: In a competitive industry where your work is never truly complete, has it become socially awkward to leave work at a time that used to be the standard?

    Pamela Stone: Bravo to Sandberg for leaving at 5:30

    And are those working eight-hour days that end at 5 p.m. being quietly judged by their co-workers? Whatever happened to "work-life balance"? Worse still: Are those who work these "standard" hours being overlooked for promotions?
  2. jsupop33

    jsupop33 Loyalty & Respect

    Right now, I am a workaholic. Even a lot of my pleasure events are really about work/career. That may change one day but I got a lot of work to do right now to get where I want to go.

  3. buckwheat

    buckwheat Active Member

    Once you get married and have kids that will change.
  4. Tony

    Tony __________

    working my but off, A whole week seems to go by in 5 minutes.
  5. jsupop33

    jsupop33 Loyalty & Respect

    yeah man, hence I will be waiting to have kids till my mid 30's. However, I meet a bunch of guys in DC with families who seem to never be at home.
  6. buckwheat

    buckwheat Active Member

    They are probably out creeping. :lol:
  7. chocalate_topaz

    chocalate_topaz I wanna be your lover...

    No, I leave my ASU work at ASU. That was something my mother promoted big time: Leave your work at work. When you come home, now you can work on YOUR side thing for YOU but not for someone else. And make sure you put in time with your kids...they are only small once and they are sponges when they are little. They'll remember when you didn't have time for them...
  8. buckwheat

    buckwheat Active Member

    I like that!
  9. jsupop33

    jsupop33 Loyalty & Respect

    I believe so. It is some cats I know who are married and I have never seen their wives and they are always on the move. I came either to the conclusions that 1) they are creeping a lot 2) not REALLY Married 3) Gay and lying about it.
  10. SUJagFan

    SUJagFan Active Member

    Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life. - Confucius

    Some folks are at it 16 hours a day, but it doesn't feel like work because they enjoy what they do. :)
  11. Warndalyn

    Warndalyn Postmaster General!!!

    I'm a work-a-holic, but not just for my job. I've always got something going on and something productive to do.
  12. SIR_GRAM

    SIR_GRAM Active Member

    I don't believe there is or in a work life balance. Any and every little thing that yor not in con trol of is your fault. Your on borderline terminated watch every minute of your life. Your always wondering if you have a job or career. Nothing is enough. You constantly worry about your future due to not making qoutas having consistency or just plain right being perfect. I can go on... It'll never be a balance. Especially for young college grads and young people trying to fight there employers baby boomers economy and future.... I'm always thinking about work even on off days
    Last edited: Apr 17, 2012
  13. SUJagFan

    SUJagFan Active Member


  14. jsupop33

    jsupop33 Loyalty & Respect

    I will say this, I tend to work in some shape form or fashion everyday. Whether it is my formal job, my non-profit, professional development group or church.
  15. Kendrick

    Kendrick Guantanamo Bae Staff Member

    I've never been a "work-a-holic." Whatever needed to be done to complete the assigned stories for that day (whether it was one or five), I dedicated the proper time and energy to them for however long it took.

    I only "took work home" when I made an error or I believed I personally could have done a little bit better.

    But rarely have I ever worked OT or extra hours when it wasn't required, though to sacrifice personal time.
  16. jsupop33

    jsupop33 Loyalty & Respect

    At what point did she have a family though. It is hard to say you won't work more than 8 hours in the early stages of your career. Also, trying to meet people, get on their schedule sometimes requires jumping through hoops, stroking ego's.
  17. Kendrick

    Kendrick Guantanamo Bae Staff Member

    I think that depends on the industry/career you are in.
  18. SUJagFan

    SUJagFan Active Member


    Even if this were true, I would never admit it to anyone.

    This explains a lot.
  19. Kendrick

    Kendrick Guantanamo Bae Staff Member

    What's wrong with that approach?
  20. CriTAUcal

    CriTAUcal Do Good; Good Follows

    Nothing is wrong in that approach, in my opinion, IF you are comfortable with where you are in life. But if you'd like to go further in your career, you may need more drive [or better connections/networking]. Only you can make that call.

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