At the recently concluded Citrix Synergy conference which I attended a couple of weeks ago, CEO Mark Templeton was on stage to speak to partners, the media, analysts, and customers, expounding the virtues of a new work paradigm. In his keynote address, he said: "When we all look at computing the way it has developed over the last 25 years, it's been built on a set of assumptions that is actually dead. The way Citrix is thinking about the future is that the exceptions of the personal computing (PC) era are now the new assumptions of the cloud era." Going on to explain a concept that he called "life slicing", the 58-year-old, energetic head honcho of Citrix noted that employees are no longer hemmed in by desktops running legacy applications that can only be accessed by fixed terminals. Today we intersperse our lives with work and personal commitments, he said, noting that unlike years ago, we have the tools today to make this happen. With that stage set, Templeton went on to announce … [Read more...] about Is the new work-life paradigm a good thing?
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A number of years back, I had the opportunity to visit with the folks at WRQ, a software company that provided PC-to-host connectivity solutions, based in Seattle, Washington at the time. (Later absorbed into Attachmate, now part of Micro Focus.) The technology was great for its time, but what really struck me was the fact that one of the lead programmers kayaked to work everyday across Lake Union, beaching his craft right on the company's grounds. That's one fun commute, at least when the weather holds up. The company also was extremely family friendly in many other ways, encouraging time off from work, and even had a breast-feeding room on its premises. Tech companies have always led the way with family-friendly or even fun workplaces, and that type of culture may be the reason why many tech or software-related jobs ended up on the list of the jobs with the greatest flexibility, compiled by Glassdoor Technologies. Work-life balance has always been one of those goals that have … [Read more...] about Data and UX people have the best work-life balance
If being able to leave your work at work (or do your work from home) is key to your professional satisfaction, you may want to consider a career on Glassdoor’s list of 25 Best Jobs For Work-Life Balance. Recognizing that this rather nebulous term can mean different things to different people, the career website makes no effort to define the virtue — rather, it simply asks its users to rank their satisfaction with their ability to balance the professional and the personal while handling the jobs they have. And today, the rankings have been revealed.In collecting their data, Glassdoor asked respondents to describe their satisfaction with their job’s work-life balance on a scale of 1 to 5, where a rating of “1” would suggest that the respondent is very dissatisfied, a “3” means the balance is alright, and a “5” translates to very satisfied. On average, Glassdoor users in 2015 seem less satisfied overall than they have in … [Read more...] about Want a great work-life balance? Consider one of these 25 careers
Security is far from the only challenge represented by BYOD policies. You’re allowing employees to bring their own devices into the workplace, and if you just leave it at that, they’ll use their personal phone number to conduct work over voice, text and data. That’s a problem.How do you distinguish work use from personal use? How do you know if a phone call or text was made to a business associate or a family member? How do you accurately distinguish whether an employee was using their work email or playing a game? How do you own and retain a phone number even if an employee leaves?How do you ensure a great work/life balance for your workers, while protecting both corporate data and user privacy? The Headache of Regulated BYOD In regulated industries, things get even more challenging, as many are required to keep records of all voice and text conversations related to the organization. Therein lies the problem. There’s no way of distinguishing whether … [Read more...] about Regulating BYOD. For Fair Work & Life Balance.
The overworked tech CEO is now a cultural trope for a reason: Only 65% of tech workers said they were satisfied with their work-life balance, according to a recent survey from Comparably. This is a problem, as constant work and the resulting stress can lead to health problems such as impaired sleep, depression, diabetes, and heart disease—which not only hurt the employee, but also the company, in terms of turnover and rising health insurance costs. Despite the pressure to be always on, finding the proper work/life balance is essential, experts say. "It's possible to be a tech leader and to make time for taking care of yourself," said William C. Fisher, president of Quicksilver Software, Inc. "But, it takes a willingness to make that a top priority and schedule the time." Here are seven tips from C-suite members in the tech industry on how they maintain a balance. Follow France's example and set limits for yourself and your staff in terms of when people should be available … [Read more...] about How to create work-life balance in tech: 7 tips from the C-suite
Tovah is a Meditator, Transpersonal Psychology Expert, Inspirational Speaker who has delivered classes since 1998 and Author of The Meaning of It All. The problem with much of modern psychology is that it tries to save us from, or manage, the negative habitual ways of thinking and behaving that we use to avoid intense emotions. It's not until we slow down enough to reflect on why we say or do whatever it is we are saying or doing, that we can realize that these habit-patterns are actually serving an emotional purpose which lays hidden from us. When we get stuck in our heads — analyzing, categorizing, judging, worrying or caught up in thinking of the past or the future over and over — we are actually stressing ourselves. When we get out of touch with our reactions to other managers or staff, our suppliers or customers, or what's really going on around us, we get out of our center of being, we lose our sense of self, our personal boundaries and lose the freedom to choose our … [Read more...] about Work-Life Balance Begins with Reducing Stress
Achieving a healthy work-life balance is difficult for many workers, but attaining that goal may be easier for people in certain professions, new research finds. Employees working in tech and marketing jobs appear to have the best chance of finding that perfect balance, according to a new study from Glassdoor. In fact, 15 of the top 25 professions on this year's ranking of the best jobs for work-life balance are in one of those two fields. Scott Dobroski, a career trends analyst for Glassdoor, said it isn't surprising to see so many tech-related jobs on this year's list. "Tech companies are known for their generosity in offering their employees flexible work schedules and the ability to schedule their own hours," Dobroski told Business News Daily."In addition, tech companies also grant perks such as on-site gyms and unlimited-vacation policies that make it easy for employees to prioritize healthy lifestyles and make room for personal time." Data scientist tops the work-life-balance … [Read more...] about 25 Best Jobs for Work-Life Balance
You hear about work-life balance all the time, but what does it really mean, and how do you know if you've achieved it? "Work-life balance describes a condition when a person is able to manage responsibilities from both work and life in a healthy, productive way," said Dr. Joanie Connell, psychologist and founder of Flexible Work Solutions. "From an individual's point of view, it means having a job that meets personal demands and having personal demands that don't interfere with work demands," Connell said. "From an employer's perspective, it means offering jobs and a work environment where employees can meet the needs of their personal lives." And establishing a good work-life balance can be more important than you realize, Connell said. In fact, a lack of work-life balance, which leads to increased stress in employees, can have a huge impact on both employees and employers, she noted. "Examples of costs of long-term stress for the employee include more colds and flu due to a … [Read more...] about Quiz: Is Your Work-Life Balance Healthy?
In an increasingly mobile environment with a business clock that runs 24-7, small business owners who want to compete with larger companies need to be accessible and responsive, even when they're on the go. Many entrepreneurs use their smartphones and tablets to stay connected to both their customers and business partners no matter where they are. "A lot of small businesses deal with other small businesses, so it's important to communicate when it works for both parties," said Mike Pugh, vice president of marketing at digital business solutions provider j2 Global. "It might be early in the morning, late at night, or on a lunch hour. You need to be able to take a message and access information to keep a deal in motion." However, just because you can be reached constantly through your mobile devices doesn't mean you should be. [5 Ways to Improve Your Work-Life Balance Today] "You should avoid being available all the time to everyone, or available to no one," Pugh told Business News … [Read more...] about 3 Ways to Maintain Work-Life Balance While Staying Connected
For decades, "work-life balance" was the mantra of working mothers, while dads devoted their time to climbing the corporate ladder. But the tides have been shifting, and with each new generation, fathers are becoming more and more involved in family life. Men are no longer choosing between career success and time with their children: Like women, they want to have both. Care.com is a site that matches individual and corporate clients with qualified care providers. Chris Duchesne, Care.com's vice president of global workplace solutions, is a working father who sees a strong trend toward work-life balance for men with families. "This generation of fathers are expected to be able to flex how, when and where they do their work," Duchesne said. "These fathers expect recognition of their personal lives from their employers and colleagues. As a group, they are more willing to forgo promotions and pay for flexibility, time with family, and autonomy." [The Best 25 Companies for Work-Life … [Read more...] about 5 Work-Life Balance Tips for Dads