How do you balance doing the best job possible (on any given task) with the many different tasks that need to be done within and outside the work place?
Answer: The unanimous answer for this scenario was finding new and fun activities outside of work. Some activities that were mentioned were reading, swimming, kayaking, triathlon training, yoga/meditation, coaching sports, and multiple other activities to get the mind off of work. Another way that was mentioned to balance tasks was to keep a strong support system. Groups mentioned that the relationships with their partners, children and even pets helped support them at work and also give them a reason to come home at night.
When is good enough OK?
Answer: Many groups mentioned that good enough is when you feel satisfied with the work that was done. A lot of the faculty keep the 80/20 rule in mind when tackling multiple tasks. Paying attention to prioritizing what really needs to be done is important when working on balancing work and life. Another person also mentioned that sometimes it’s okay to say “no” to tasks that aren’t first priority. It was also mentioned that organization is key when prioritizing.
Is work life balance an issue for men as much as it is for women? What are the consequences of men not attending to work life balance?
Answer: Work life balance is an issue for men and women. Women get asked more often about how they are handling all the obstacles of work and outside life where as the men feel that people already assume they are balancing all of the tasks.
What are the consequences of over-work/imbalance on health, family life, and overall productivity and participation?
What cultural expectations are at play in work life balance?
Answer: One group mentioned that over work and dedication are usually applauded in the work place. It was also mentioned that the amount of work and social success is correlated to the amount of hours put into work.
Are there generational differences in how work life balance is viewed that challenges your ability to mentor younger faculty on this topic?
Answer: A common answer for this scenario is that there are shifting expectations and responsibilities for men and women.
“Workaholism” and “busyness” have been viewed by many as badges of honor, is this changing?
Answer: Multiple people answered that this is indeed changing. Having a steady lifestyle outside of work and keeping that balanced with work-life is now looked at as a badge of honor.