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The Work-Life Balance Struggle and Employee Assessment

April 10, 2012

“I don’t know how you manage to juggle it all!”. That’s is a phrase I hear quite often from friends, family, neighbors and sometimes even coworkers who are subjected to the chaos that sometimes occurs in my home office.  I’m a Business Development Manager for Select by day, mom of three (well, four if you count our four legged child) activity-filled children by night.

The world is far more technologically advanced these days and many of us in the workforce are logging over seventy hours a week doing something that relates to our job. We are plugged in constantly! That doesn’t leave much time to find a healthy balance. So when you are thinking about hiring a candidate for your organization, what competencies strike you as critical for success for a candidate to have a healthy work-life balance?

When I think of our assessment solutions, the competencies that we measure and how I function on a day-to-day basis, there are several competencies that come to mind as critical for success in managing a healthy work-life balance:

  1. Adaptability/Stress Tolerance – my day’s agenda can change in an instant, whether it’s pulling together information for a last minute demo or coordinating work travel schedules for myself and my husband, I have to be able to roll with the punches. It’s fair to say we’ve all been in stressful situations whether it’s at the office or on a personal front – how were you able to adapt to the stressful event?
  2. Delegating/Empowering Others -   sometimes I just can’t do it all! Luckily, I have a great group of people who I work with and feel that a piece of a project is in good hands…once I’m able to take the death grip off of it, of course.
  3. Positive Impact – Debbie Downer does not effectively get a job done. Period. If I start my day off on the wrong foot, it just snowballs from there. Do I want to work with someone who’s a dark cloud? Not really. Do I feel someone would want to work with me when I’m not exactly chipper? Probably not – and I certainly know that when Mom’s not happy, the whole house isn’t happy.

I may not always succeed in managing a healthy work-life balance (it’s 10:30PM and I have a sink full of dirty dishes), but I’m hoping my boss knows I work hard and that my kids know that they are loved!

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Nicole Hoover