There were days in the past when families were expected to give up everything in order to achieve the financial security they craved. Climbing the corporate ladder was a revered activity. If you had any hope of climbing the ladder toward upper management positions, you packed up and moved from one city to another.
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Lest you think that this rat race has come to an end, look to the evidence of stress related death and illness, an increase in the average number of hours worked by employees in the U.S. and around the world, skyrocketing numbers of divorces and children in single-parent families. In today’s chaotic world, it is a safe bet that you don’t have enough time for work, family and friends.
It is not unusual for men and women to work sixty or seventy hours per week on average. Some of us work eighty or ninety hours without batting an eyelash. And, we fool ourselves into thinking we have a life!
While every generation of workers has a different set of work expectations, the desire for work/life balance has become one of the foremost goals of every generation in the workforce today. All generations in all types of jobs are today, looking for balance, less stress, and more time with family and friends. Like you, these people are willing to give it their all when they are at work and they expect to work hard, but in exchange, they want a life.
It doesn’t matter if you are a lineman for a utility company, a pizza delivery girl, a corporate executive or an aspiring dancer, all the stress related health problems, spending too little time with the people you care about most and giving up a social and family life is too great a price to pay for career success.
Take control of your life and live it to the fullest. Keep your priorities straight! Remember! You don’t live to work – you work to live!