Integrative Case Study:
A Juggling Act – Part 1
October 9, 2011
Prior to becoming a parent Anna was a star performer, was promoted rapidly and received
significant pay increases
After she had her daughter, Anna moved to part-time to allow her the flexibility of
working and spending time with her daughter.
Anna’s motivation is now shared between being a mother and a “star performer”
Anna found that her work on an internal office project was unrewarding and she missed
the pressure and satisfaction of working on a client site.
Anna became part of the management team of a large, client based project with tight
deadlines and challenging work.
Anna is dissatisfied with her level of contribution when compared to other managers
since she misses out on key decisions and project progress
Her days at home are used to play catch up with the office, thus impeding on her quality
time with her daughter
Anna is feeling overwhelmed trying to find the right balance of work and home life.
Anna does not feel that there is anyone close to her who can relate to her situation and
Although her colleagues are supportive and outwardly sympathetic to her situation, they
may not really understand how she feels because they continue to add to her work load.