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WWL: Work/Life Balance
Where We Live - with John Dankosky
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In the first quarter of 2009, only 30% of employees felt they had a good work-life balance.


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49:00 minutes (23.53 MB)
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During a recession, many people are working harder for a smaller piece of the pie. So, how do you balance work with the rest of your life.?

A recent survey found that work-life balance now ranks as one of the most important factors in employee satisfaction—second only to compensation. But a decreasing percentage of employees nation-wide feel they have a healthy balance between career and home-life. Today we'll talk about some of the conflicts that arise when workers bring too much of the office home and too much home to the office. What are employers and employees doing to strike a healthy equilibrium? And what can the government do? We'll also talk with one young professional who insists it’s not a balance he’s looking for, it’s a blend of work with life.

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Listener email from Jen

I got my first "real job" after graduating from college about 2 months ago and I am STILL struggling to find a balance in my life.  I haven't exercised, cooked dinner, read, or enjoyed other hobbies that I used to have so much time for.  Weekends are normally filled with grocery shopping or other necessary tasks that my husband and I have to get done.  How do I figure out the balance???



Listener email from Blake

I am a stay-at-home Dad in Hamden with two small children and I teach college courses at night. One of the biggest challenges I face is being able to turn my "work brain" on and off to take advantage of the short bursts of time I have to get work done (like while the kids are napping). I have managed to remain professionally productive, but I wondered if there are studies that have been done on this kind of situation in terms of the productivity of the individual and their ability to be there for the family.