Balancing your professional and personal life can be a challenge in today's demanding workplace. With the recession pushing many professionals to work harder than ever and technology enabling work around the clock, achieving work-life balance is more important - and elusive - than ever.
The articles below feature a wealth of work-life balance advice from About.com's Career Channel Guides. You'll find tips on work life balance strategies, flexible work schedules, time management, ways to adapt your career to achieve a better work life balance and more.
What is Work-Life Balance?What is Work-Life Balance?
Work-life balance is a concept that supports the efforts of employees to split their time and energy between work and the other important aspects of their lives. About.com Guide to Human Resources Susan Heathfield explains the concept of work life balance.Work-Life Balance: A Call for Reform
In the last several decades, some industries have failed to embrace flexible work styles or adopt work-life balance initiatives. Recession-related layoffs are piling greater workloads upon workers and many are demanding a better work-life balance.
Achieving Work-Life BalanceWork-Life Balance Strategies
In the current economic environment, work-life balance now ranks as one of the most important workplace attributes - second only to compensation, according to a recent poll of more than 50,000 global workers. If you crave a better work-life balance, here are a few ways to balance the juggling act between a career and personal life.Learn the Secret to Work-Life Balance
The secret to work-life balance will differ depending on your field of work, family structure and finances. But some work-life balance principles are universal: saying no, prioritizing, banishing guilt. Understanding these work-life truths will help you find your own work-life balance -- and then keep it. About.com Guide to Working Moms Katherine Lewis explains how.Tips for Obtaining Balance in Your Work and Life
Readers share their tips for obtaining optimal balance in their work and lives, from About.com Guide to Human Resources Susan Heathfield.Tips for Managing Job Stress
About.com Guide Andrea Santiago offers tips on how to avoid career burnout in your medical job.
Flex Time and Alternative Work SchedulesFlexible Jobs and Alternative Work Schedules
Achieving a balance between professional and personal life is not easy in today's fast-paced workplace. The traditional 8:00 to 5:00 Monday-Friday work schedule no longer suits many employees. Here are several strategies to help you strike a better work-life balance.Flexible Work Schedules Employees Love
Employees' work schedules vary from full time to part time to job shares. Make sure your approach to employee work schedules motivates and retains your best employees. About.com Guide to Human Resources Susan Heathfield outlines several work schedule choices employees love.Finding Jobs with Flexible Hours
The option for finding a job with flexible hours, limited hours and/or telecommuting options is an important consideration for increasing numbers of people. Choosing employers or identifying jobs that offer these options typically is not a straightforward exercise, and often requires individual negotiation. Mark Kolakowski, About.com Guide to Financial Careers, outlines how to find jobs with flexible hours.6 Steps to a Schedule With Flexible Hours
The best way to land a satisfying, well-compensated part-time job is to negotiate a more flexible schedule with your current employer. You may not even need to reduce your workweek if you can complete your duties through telecommuting or shifting your work hours. About.com Guide to Working Moms Katherine Lewis explains how.Life and Family Challenges With Flexible Work Schedules
About.com Guide to Human Resources Susan Heathfield provides answers to frequently asked questions about flexible schedules.Telecommuting
In choosing employers, the option for telecommuting is an increasingly important consideration. In its strictest sense, telecommuting normally is defined as working from your home while in the employ of a larger company, by using phone, fax and e-mail in place of face to face contact with fellow workers. Mark Kolakowski, About.com Guide to Financial Careers, outlines the variations, rationale, prevalence, caveats and disadvantages of telecommuting.
Time Management TipsTime Management Strategies: Work Smarter and Faster
Time management skills are crucial to success in most any profession. With budget cuts and layoffs, professionals today must work faster and smarter than ever before. Here are a few tips to help you manage your time and work more efficiently.Time Management Tips
Do you often feel like you have more things to do than you have time to do them? Here are tips to help you improve your time management skills both at work and at home from About.com's Career Planning Guide, Dawn Rosenberg McKay.
Adapt Your Career to Achieve Work Life BalanceChanging Careers in Midstream
It's not easy to walk away from a stable paycheck and job security. Sometimes it takes a push, like a layoff, to move you in the right direction. It can though, give you a shot at a new career and new life, further along in life than for most people who are choosing career options. Alison Doyle, About.com Guide to Job Searching, provides guidance on moving your career in a new direction.Is a Job Share Right for You?
A job share may sound like the answer to your work-life balance woes -- less income, but the ability to truly step away from work. But before you enter into a job share, it's important to understand how to succeed at this unique flexible work arrangement. About.com Guide to Working Moms Katherine Lewis provides guidance on job sharing.Is a Temp Job the Right Alternative for You?
About.com's Career Planning Guide, Dawn Rosenberg McKay, provides answers to frequently asked questions about temporary jobs.How to Move Down the Career Ladder
Sometimes, moving down the career ladder, instead of up it, can make sense. It could be by choice. Many workers today are opting out of a fast track career for a job that's less stressful or for a job that's more fun. Alison Doyle, About.com Guide to Job Searching, provides tips and reasons for moving down the career ladder.