juggling work and family

[caption id="attachment_18588" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Working mum Shellon returns to work with 5 month old Mahdka  Photo: BBC Two"] [/caption] Addison Lee, a London based mincab company recently ran an interesting workplace trial allowing parents to bring their babies to work. The trial was documented by BBC Two and made for fascinating television as we watched the trials and tribulations of mothers, babies, co-workers and management. The trial of the scheme was prompted by the apparent success of similar schemes in the USA where a growing number of companies successfully run babies-at-work schemes. Aired over two nights, BBC2 Two’s Babies in the Office highlighted the plight of working parents struggling to afford rising child care costs and maintain a work-life balance. It also turned the spotlight on organisations and their managers who face the growing challenge of staff retention and curbing the associated costs of recruitment and training. Shellon, one of the mothers who participated in...

[caption id="attachment_18661" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Managing work life balance"] [/caption] Most of us struggle to maintain work-life balance throughout our adult lives. Whether you’re juggling work and career or feel you are not reaching your full potential, achieving work-life balance can increase your overall well-being and happiness. The benefits of successfully achieving work life balance are enormous and can include: Stress reduction Improved health Strengthened relationships Better work performance Increased happiness   Addressing a work-life imbalance is a multi-stage process with specific tasks to be undertaken at each step. Here’s a simplified step-by-step guide to help you achieve work-life balance: Identify your values What’s important to you? The things that are important to us change over time. For example, before you had children your career and personal interests might have taken centre stage. Now, you might find yourself struggling to cope with managing work and family life. Once you’ve identified your values it becomes easier to set priorities. Set goals The goals you set...