What’s Your Work/Home Balance?

A few weeks ago I was at a conference hosted by Pepsico, listening to one of their top women executives talking about the company’s philosophy on work life balance. I found it interesting.

For example, they don’t talk about work-life balance as work is part of life. Instead they refer to work/home balance, a much better description sending a subtle message.

Pepsico believes that workers contribute more at work when they are able to bring their whole selves to work. In the last few years they have introduced some very home friendly working practices which has had a huge impact on all staff, but particularly on women in their organisation.

Coaching Question

And one question they asked all employees at their annual appraisal is one I am sharing with you now as it’s such s good one. (Slightly paraphrased)

If you could set one goal in relation to your work/home balance what would it be, and what do you need from your employers to achieve it? Be clear and specific, and then be assertive and ask for it!

How do you manage your work/home balance?


Posted on June 8th, 2010 by

8 Responses to “What’s Your Work/Home Balance?”

  1. Yael Brisker says:

    Dear Jane!
    I enjoyed reading this post. To answer your question, I guess my request from my employer, who is me, would be like the famous Zen saying: Eat when hungry,Sleep when tired…and read e-mails when reading e-mails without a sandwich in my mouth!(which I had when I read this)So – give everything the respect and time and presence they require to get the best and the most out of them. How does that sound?

    • Jane says:

      Sounds good to me, (but be careful that you don’t get indigestion!). I particularly like the respect angle. Thanks for your comment, Yael. Jane

  2. Melanie McDonald (MelMcDonaldArt) says:

    Hi Jane
    This work/home balance question is so interesting – I would, (respectfully), want to be able to request permission ‘NOT to do something’ from my employer and follow this with a ‘do one thing at a time’ policy – applied to the things that really matter, as Yael suggested above. (I am also my ‘own boss’ and this is how I try to work at home). Hope this makes sense!

    • Jane says:

      Thanks Melanie. Yes, we who work for ourselves have to be careful not to do too much! As I recall a lot of the things which came up at Pepsi were wanting to always get time off for school events, or being able to take dependent relatives to doctor appointments etc. These things mean a lot and can be reasonably easy for employers to grant- giving them a contented workforce! What is is that you would NOT want to do? (If you’re happy to share). Jane

  3. Melanie McDonald (MelMcDonaldArt) says:

    Hi again Jane
    Just briefly, (I’m sure there is a lot more to say!) – working from home, I have chosen NOT to spend my time on things that I consider not important, or are excessively time consuming, or that can easily be done by someone else, or that someone else could do better. I try to stick to the things that only I can do, such as my painting, my blog, twitter profile ……

    • Jane says:

      You are very skilled in the art of time management it seems! Good luck with it all! Did you know you could put a link to your blog (or art) when you post comments here? I’d love to share your posts with others! Jane

  4. Melanie McDonald (MelMcDonaldArt) says:

    Many thanks – easier in theory than in practice, I might add!

    Great post and love your ‘balancing stones’ image.


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