Maybe It's Possible to Strike a Work/Life Balance After All

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Last fall, in a post headlined, "Abandon the Idea of Ever Striking a Work/Life Balance," I wrote about a workplace consultant who argues that a work/life balance is unattainable, so striving for it only leads to frustration and disappointment. But a new online poll appears to suggest that plenty of people are able to strike the balance just fine.


The poll, conducted by polling website SodaHead, is worth a visit. The site does a great job of breaking down the demographics, including by profession, so you can compare your responses to those of the other respondents in IT. Here are the top-line results:


Do you feel you have a proper work/life balance?


  • Yes, it's pretty balanced (43 percent)
  • No, I spend more time working (37 percent)
  • No, I spend more time playing (20 percent)


What's most important to you in work and life?


  • Staying true to my values (23 percent)
  • Spending time with family and friends (21 percent)
  • Succeeding in my profession (7 percent)
  • Becoming rich (5 percent)
  • All of the above (34 percent)


What time do you typically leave work each night?


  • Before 5:00 p.m. (18 percent)
  • 5:00-6:00 p.m. (18 percent)
  • 6:00-7:00 p.m. (10 percent)
  • After 7:00 p.m. (11 percent)
  • It depends on the day (27 percent)
  • I don't work (16 percent)


Do you stay at work later than you want because of peer pressure?


  • Yes (8 percent)
  • No (61 percent)
  • Sometimes (18 percent)
  • I don't work (13 percent)

Do you think you may be overlooked for a promotion if you leave work early?


  • Yes (41 percent)
  • No (59 percent)


Which of these mottos best aligns with your values?


  • Work hard, play hard (58 percent)
  • Work hard, make bank (24 percent)
  • Play hard, then nap (19 percent)

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May 4, 2012 8:58 AM SealTeam6 SealTeam6 SealTeam6 SealTeam6  says:

I really don't think that corporate America is looking for employees who value their personal lives and families higher than corporate goals and profit. It is easy for an executive like Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg with a nice iron clad benefits package to make such statements. But not for rank and file employees.

May 5, 2012 9:17 AM R. Lawson R. Lawson  says:

I enjoy working as a consultant and free-agent for corporations, but if I ever decide I miss cube-life I don't think I would spend too much time talking about my hobbies at an interview, except perhaps to demonstrate that I'm human.

In my case my hobbies are software development - I do this for pay and for enjoyment.  I also have an interest in a lake that has been in the family for generations which I just became a part of, but even the cabins we are building will be equipped with internet access and a personal cabin for me to do guest what?  Yep, software development.  I like the idea of mingling fishing with coding  

May 5, 2012 9:30 AM R. Lawson R. Lawson  says:

And, although completely unrelated to this topic - just wanted to mention that I find the new advertising here on ITBusinessEdge (TAD Talks) really entertaining.  http://www.vm-limited.com/?CR_CC=200066024 

Not sure if it will sell cloud services or not, but it certainly peaks the interest.  The cloud sales pitch is sometimes lost, but the main point of the advertising is that "VM based hosting is outdated".  Maybe I need to be riding shotgun with Tad in his van time-warped from the 70s (along with his wardrobe) because I'm not totally sold on the cloud.  I personally think that the economics of the cloud (which who really understands?) makes sense in some cases but certainly not all.

This is some of Microsoft's best marketing work ever.  Sorry Seinfeld. 

May 5, 2012 2:21 PM itplanet itplanet  says:

every company want to get employee who work and don't involve the personal life, but maintain the both is the skill that every one have to develop if want to grow.


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