Home Add to Favorite Contact Submit  
             22 January, 2021

Category:  Articles » Self Improvement » Time-Management


Career Redesign Tools For Work-Life Balance

         Views: 1402
2008-09-09 00:59:48     
Article by Sharon Teitelbaum

Partnering with the University of Pennsylvania Law School and the Wharton School, Thirdpath Institute, a non-profit whose mission is "To assist individuals and families in finding new ways to redesign work to create time for family, community and other life priorities," held a 2-day conference in May, 2004 for lawyers, entitled "Having a Life: Creating Work-Life Balance in the Law." I was part of a small team of career and work-life professionals who facilitated small group breakout sessions that were held throughout the conference.

Thirdpath Institute, under the direction of Jessica DeGroot and Hanne Weedon, is a thought-leader and ground-breaker in the work-life field because it works at two levels concurrently. First, it developed concrete tools for thinking about and implementing work re-design: analytic, structural, etc. Second, into this highly structured and analytic approach, it also includes a second methodology which allows people to tap into the emotional and highly personal level of these kinds of changes. A mother of young children might apply Thirdpath's "Four Ways to Flex Your Work" and consider working a four-day week. And through paired listening, she might get in touch with how terrified she was of being "mommy-tracked" by the managing partners and her peers.

Tapping into and working with the emotional and personal ups and downs is a highly interactive process. In the small groups at the conference we made room and set the context for people to share some of their internal process. When I coach a client through a work re-design process of any magnitude, the coaching conversation becomes a place for the client to "check in" on the issues, and determine an action plan. For example, one lawyer who works from home on Fridays was on a 2-hour conference call with several people, including one of her managing partners. After the call, her managing partner called her and asked her if she was "in" today. She responded, "I am working today, if that's what you mean."

ThirdPath has come up with a beautifully structured approach to work re-design. They offer Six Steps for Integrating Work and Life, and Four Ways to Flex Your Work. Here are the Four Ways to Flex Your Work.

1. Schedule. This pertains to the degree to which your work actually needs to be done during a particular time of day. Many professionals find that large chunks of their work -- research, writing, analysis, thinking, planning, etc -- can be done during non-traditional work hours, such as very early mornings, 9pm to midnight, weekends, holidays.

2. Physical Presence. This pertains to whether your work requires you to be in a particular place. If you are an emergency room doctor, you need to be in the emergency room for your clinical hours. But your non-clinical hours, such as planning the monthly meeting, or writing up your research, may be put in from home.

3. Workflow. This is about how much control you have over the volume and the pace of your work. The lawyer who works 80% time in a firm where the full time annual standard is 2000 billable hours knows she needs 1600 billable hours. But who decides which cases she takes on -- can she say no when her plate is full? One part time attorney for a commission told of one hellish year when she had put in all 60% of her hours by the end of June. She took the rest of the year off.

4. Substitution. To what extent can someone else do your work? Are there peers who can take over for you, and/or are there subordinates who can pick up some of your lower-level tasks? Could you job-share with someone?

Are you stumped about how you could possibly re-design your job? Are you convinced it could never happen at your place of work? If you are going around and around, thinking about work re-design but never taking any action, you owe it to yourself to get some assistance. Most people cannot think their way through these challenges on their own. I have helped many high achievers get un-stuck and implement some real changes that result in more satisfying arrangements. Get off the hamster wheel!

If you're considering hiring a coach to help you with challenges like these, contact me for an initial consultation at no charge.

Copyright 2004, Sharon Teitelbaum

Master Certified Coach Sharon Teitelbaum is an authority on work life balance and an expert life coach to busy professionals, high achievers, people at midlife, and working parents. Her book, Getting Unstuck Without Coming Unglued: Restoring Work-Life Balance, is a strategic, tactical guide for maintaining a sane and balanced life, distilled from her experience coaching hundreds of people.

A sought-after keynote speaker and workshop leader, Sharon has addressed such diverse audiences as Harvard Medical School Faculty, financial advisors at Merrill Lynch, and Mothers' of Twins Clubs. She has been featured in national publications including The New York Times, Working Mother Magazine, and Forbes.com. Sharon works with individual coaching clients throughout the US and internationally by phone, or in person in the Boston area, and always offers an initial consultation at no charge. Married for thirty-plus years, she is the mother of two fabulous grown-up daughters.

Specialized in: Worklife Balance Coaching - Work-life Balance Coach
URL: http://www.stcoach.com
Print article      Bookmark this page
Related Articles 
3 Must Do Time Management Activities to Save Time (Popularity: ): Whether you are a lawyer, an employee, President of a huge company, in the military, a housewife, student or a business owner, you're probably wondering how to create time to do all the things that you need to do!Time is hard to find these days, and many people don't realize it's the root of most stresses.Poor time management increases job stress, decreases your level of job satisfaction strains your relationships ...
Time Management Tip- Strategic Planning Can be Your Best Time Management Tip (Popularity: ): This time management tip will help you to understand why it is so easy to get behind and never make progress because you don't have a clear plan. Strategic planning provides the means for gaining clarity, focus, and direction. A strategic plan differs from a business plan in that when your strategic plan is complete you will have a dashboard indicating specifically what must be done by when, what resources ...
Time Bandits - Who Stole Your Clock? (Popularity: ): Time is our most precious commodity.MONEY comes and MONEY goes, but Time: “We can’t get it back!”So, spend it wisely, treat it like an Investment….and yes, this includes family and friends. Sometimes, they are the biggest bandits! They just don’t know it, and neither do you. Help them be your allies in this important crusade for your time, and theirs too.TIPS on how to manage your precious commodity.First, you must ...
Attention Men & Women: Is Multitasking a Detriment to Our Productivity (Popularity: ): That's an interesting question, and the answer you receive will more than likely be different depending on whom you ask. In my not-so-humble opinion, my answer is, "It depends."A copout answer? I don't think so. Here's why:If studies are correct in implying that women are naturally gifted in multitasking because our corpus callosum (the part of the brain that is the "mediator" of sorts, between the left and right hemispheres) ...
How To Effectively Manage Your Time (Popularity: ): A lot of people, if not almost all people, complain that they don't have time for their family, for expanding business, for taking care of their look, for future planning, for hobby, for learning new skills, and especially for daily exercise. There are many people feel frustrated because they can not have enough time to do activity that give them fulfillment because they are tighten up with handfuls of things ...

Related Business 
Jaxinbrook: Queensland Career Coaching (Popularity: ): Imagine, being able to follow a system that would have you being your Authentic Self in your Career or Business. That you loved doing what you do each day, getting paid well for it, and actually being able to create the work-life balance that you desire.
Work Life Balance (Popularity: ): Offers programs for work-life balance, stress management in the workplace, time management training, and customer service training.
Employee Assistance Programs - offering workplace wellness, stress management, work life balance (Popularity: ): EAP helps manage troubled employees and preserve human resources by offering stress management, work place wellness and work life balance assistance to organizations.
Quintessence Coaching for Women (Popularity: ): Work and Personal Life Success coaching especially for Women. Career psychologist now turned LifeCoach helps women to find balance between work, home and family. California.
Career Counselor Atlanta (Popularity: ): Looking for a career counselor in Atlanta? The Marketing Consultants is your place for career counseling service and an Atlanta life coach. We understand the importance of building effective and sustainable career, work, life and business practices in order to achieve goals and objectives of running your life in a global economy.
Employers for Work-Life Balance (Popularity: ): Aims to help all UK organisations implement and continuously improve sustainable work-life strategies which meet customer needs, corporate goals and enhance the quality of life for individuals.
MyPA Tech Inc. (Popularity: ): An integral part of any progressive employee benefits plan, MyPA promotes employee work-life balance. Boost employees' work/life balance, and reap the benefits of a more focused, productive, and healthy workforce. Employers have told us that they want to provide a simple-to-use benefit program that connects in positive and valuable ways.
The Alliance of Work/Life Professionals (Popularity: ): A membership organization with the mission of promoting work/family and personal life balance.
Common Boundaries Consulting & Communications (Popularity: ): Consulting firm offering self-awareness tools to improve leadership skills and work-life balance.
Life Transformation Coaching (Popularity: ): Professional life coaching services specializing in career, self-esteem, success, life balance, and transition coaching. In person, or by phone. Based in Palm Springs, California.