“I make it a priority to maintain a schedule away from the office that allows me to spend time with family and friends.”
|Job title:||Director of Purchasing, North America|
What’s your personal definition of work-life balance?
Spending the time necessary to stay current with work priorities while continuing to manage life outside of the office without job related interruptions.
Did you consciously choose a certain life balance?
Yes, I do. I make it a priority to maintain a schedule away from the office that allows me to spend time with family and friends. I find it extremely important to focus on non work related topics while away from the office. As with almost any position, there are exceptions. The key is to manage the exceptions as such and not allow them to become the rule.
Was a healthy work-life balance a criterion in deciding on a specific employer?
No, definitely not. When I was originally looking for an employer, my main focus was on the position responsibilities and the compensation. Work life balance was not even in my vocabulary years ago.
What positive effects does your personal work-life approach have?
Having a good work-life approach keeps me happy but more importantly keeps my children happy. Taking the dedicated time to spend with them in their activities is by far the most important element of my life. Allowing work to take a higher priority over family is not an option.