Last winter AssociateNews conducted a reader employment survey. More than three-quarters of respondents indicated that it was either very important or important that a typical workweek remain around 40 hours and that a comp time policy be instituted so that when we do have a big push, the extra hours can be utilized as time-off later. Flex time, or the ability to manipulate your own schedule based on personal or project needs, was even more appealing to associates – 82% of respondents indicated that flex time was either very important or important. Additionally, The New York Times article “Still Searching for Equilibrium in the Work-Life Balancing Act” by Kelly Pate Dwyer references a study by the Society for Human Resource Management stating that “[Balance] is the No. 1 factor in job satisfaction for workers age 35 and younger.” This is especially interesting for associates, who are typically younger than our AIA counterparts.
Have you found a way to balance your work life and home life? What struggles or triumphs have you experienced since entering the workforce? Share your tips, tricks, successes and difficulties.