SO 302 - Term Paper - Randall Hall

SO 302 - Term Paper - Randall Hall - Hall 1 Randall Hall...

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Hall 1 Randall Hall Cleon Wiggins SO 302 / F2J04 December 6, 2004 Work-Life Balance: It’s about time A successful Sr. Software Engineer in Kansas City has made the choice to leave his high paying job with great career potential and excellent benefits in order to take a position at a less established company, with a significantly reduced salary and an uncharted future. Why? It’s all in the name of attaining a better work-life balance. We often hear working parents complain that they regret not being able to spend more time with their family and friends. Some have observed that due to their demanding jobs they have missed the important events in their children’s lives. They dislike being gone, traveling, and working late hours. Many feel they don’t really have a life outside of work. Some say they would trade it for a less glamorous job, a lower paying job, and even a less secure job if it meant they could have that time back and have a better work-life balance. But few actually do. The Sr. Software Engineer decided to do something about it. The Sr. Software Engineer is me.
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Hall 2 What does work-life balance really mean? These days we often hear people in the workplace striving for this seemingly unattainable goal of a good work-life balance – the idea that one’s time, achievements, enjoyment and experiences should somehow be divided evenly between one’s place of employment and everything outside of employment. But the term itself seems counterintuitive. We think of work-life balance as the balance between one’s work and one’s life. Isn’t one’s work a part, and in many cases a very large part, of one’s life? How can a balance between work and life happen if work is part of life? To understand the idea more fully we need to take a closer look at what work-life balance really means. In defining work- life balance, some might imagine a balance scale which is used to weigh two items or make a comparison between the two, with work on one side and life on the other. But work-life balance does not merely mean an equal balance of time spent at work and time spent at home or outside of work. It means attaining a balance between things like work, family, friends, community, and self. Work-life balance is not so much a balance between work and life; it’s a total balance of life where the portion dedicated to work appropriately fits into, and never dominates, the greater whole of life. We tend to think of dividing up an equal portion of time for each of the parts that make up our lives, but really work- life balance does not mean an equal balance between all these. Trying to schedule an equal number of hours for each of the various work and personal activities is usually unrewarding and
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Hall 3 unrealistic. Life is and should be more fluid than that. Also, the time spent with each piece of one’s life may vary over time, often on a daily basis. The right balance today will probably be different tomorrow. The right balance for a single person will
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This note was uploaded on 07/10/2011 for the course SOC 304 taught by Professor Yesi during the Spring '10 term at Park.

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