By Ashley Healy
Whether you’re working hard or hardly working, work-life balance is a challenge we all face from time to time. In this Makers.com video, Sandberg defies the stereotype that women aren’t as dedicated to their jobs as men, yet proudly admits that she leaves the office every day at 5:30pm. But, finding this balance did not come without challenges.
“I was showing everyone I worked for that, I worked just as hard. I was getting up earlier to make sure they saw my emails at 5:30, staying up later to make sure they saw my emails late. But now I’m much more confident in where I am and so I’m able to say, “Hey! I am leaving work at 5:30.” And I say it very publicly, both internally and externally.”
And Sandberg is certainly not alone in defying this female stereotype. Bullhorn’s recent report on workplace culture, put together using data from the new website, www.theFIT.com, found that 54 percent of women reported working nine or more hours on a daily basis, compared to 41 percent of males. The report also showed that 68 percent of women were willing to do work on their vacation compared to 62 percent of men.
While employers strive to attract the best employees to their organizations, it is essential to create a magnetic culture that supports a positive work-life balance. And a work-life balance is defined differently for each individual. So to answer the question, does it exist? It exists if you work hard to create it, and that goes for men and women.
Here is a great article on, “15 Perks an Employer Can Offer to Improve Work-life Balance” - the key being “offer options.”
For more more information on finding your “workplace fit,” visit theFIT.com
To download theFIT report on workplace culture, go here.
To download the infographic, visit theFIT.com/reference/infographic.