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FCW : May 15, 2014
‘Overwhelmed’ Brigid Schulte, author of “Overwhelmed: Work, Love and Play When No One Has the Time,” traveled the world in search of work/life balance. A combination of memoir and professional reporting, the book begins with a time-use researcher’s assertion that Schulte had nearly 30 hours of leisure a week, which was very much at odds with her experience of juggling her demanding job as a Washington Post staff writer and a busy family life. The book goes on to explore the challenges of simultaneously raising a family, sustaining a marriage and pursuing a meaningful career. Schulte’s conclusion: The modern workplace puts impos- sible demands on white-collar workers’ time and energy. Therefore, employees must set reasonable boundaries and advocate for change in their workplaces and society in order to fully meet their family responsibilities and enjoy their lives. Indeed, when work is kept within 35 to 45 hours a week, we are more innovative and productive than when we log 60-plus hours. No less an industrial luminary than Henry Ford discovered that the 40-hour workweek optimized worker productivity without risking burnout. For knowl- edge workers, Schulte cites compelling research that we can achieve only six hours of high-value productivity each day. 24 May 15, 2014 FCW.COM BY KATHERINE REYNOLDS LEWIS Many people choose federal service at least in part for the promise of work/life balance. The gov- ernment supports telework, prioritizes wellness and offers benefits such as on-site child care and employee assistance hotlines. Work/life balance consistently ranks in the top three employee pri- orities in surveys. So why are so many federal executives online until midnight, scheduling late-day meetings and generally overworked? Three new books offer insight into that ques- tion, and each has a slightly different take on how to advance your career while maintaining a satisfying family life (and your own sanity). We spoke with each author to tease out the pearls of wisdom for government IT workers. The authors of three recent books offer their suggestions for feds who are struggling to maintain satisfying personal and professional lives 3 books to improve your work/life balance
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