As we reflect on 2012, we went through our library of blogs -- what a year! We’ve had some great content that has made us laugh, cry and most importantly (and realistically) we shared insightful information to the world of HR. Our most viewed blog of 2012 is entitled “The Work-Life Balance Struggle and Employee Assessment”. As we begin 2013, this is a good message to remember. So here it is, the most popular blog of 2012:
The Work-Life Balance Struggle and Employee Assessment
By: Nicole Hoover
“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:
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?
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.
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 10:30 p.m. 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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