Categories: Career Help
In reading Lynda Bourne's post, Hey Boss, What About Work-Life Balance?, I'm reminded of a Dilbert cartoon where the employees have been told that they must pick three benefits/activities from the following list:
â€¢ Paid Time Off
â€¢ Social Outings
Management then says the first two things have to be work and paid time off, leaving employees to pick only one more.
Lynda's post also reminds me of an infamous initiative at my office that we shall call Project S. Everyone knew we under-bid on it the project, and to make up the gap, team members were required to put in 10 hours of unpaid overtime.
As time passed, burnout mounted and the ever-increasing turnover of employees began to grab even the attention of the division president.
Later I was told by a colleague on the project the project manager had been re-assigned. And a company memo announced that all overtime needs had to be approved at the executive management level to ensure proper work-life balance for the long-term health of our employees.
So in this example, a leadership decision promoted a balanced work-life culture, but what happens when the front-line project managers are practicing something else?
In a way, mandating unpaid overtime is a means to accomplish a project goal. Would you agree?