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Work Life Balance

Whether you work to live or live to work, too much of one and not enough of the other is never good. We know people work long hours and no one ever got promoted by spending less time at the office, but work/life balance is becoming more important than it's ever been. We've got tips and expert advice on how to create and sustain that balance so you'll be happy both at home and at work.

Work Life Balance Advice

  • Dream Job: Travel Writer

    "The emphasis should be on the writing. Never tell people you love to travel; you have to be a good writer." And although you may dine and vacation like royalty, don't expect to receive a paycheck fit for a king or queen. "Money is not the … Read more...

  • Dream Job: Homestead Farmer

    It's never too late to trade your laptop for a hoe and become a farmer. "I made a conscious choice to become a farmer because I really wanted a different lifestyle from the daily grind of being a corporate executive," said Fox, who moved to … Read more...

  • Dream Job: Stay-At-Home Mom

    So why do thousands of career women nationwide opt to put their careers and salary-earning potential on the back burner to stay home to care for their children? Read more...

  • Business Travel: Safe Travel Tips from the U.S. State Department

    "Safe travels"...at every goodbye these days, it seems, it's the same benediction. Beyond wishing each other well, what else can travelers do to play it safe in the air and in other countries? How can travelers overcome their reluctance to … Read more...

  • Ethnic Hair

    Would a person interviewing be scrutinized because they were wearing a hairstyle that was different from the norm? For instance, as an African-American female interviewing for an executive assistant position in corporate America, could I … Read more...

  • Please tell me what to do about coworkers' kids in the office.

    Please tell me what to do about coworkers' kids in the office. I could understand if people brought their children in when there was an emergency, but everywhere I look there seems to be some toddler. The noise and distraction are affecting … Read more...

  • Is it OK to fire someone because of an illness?

    Three weeks before my scheduled date of resignation, I got sick. After spending a Friday in the hospital and the rest of the weekend at home, I told my supervisor I expected to be in by the following Friday at the latest. She then told me I … Read more...

  • Should I put in writing my request to go part time?

    After having 12 weeks off under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) to care for a newborn baby, I have decided to reduce my work hours from 40 to 30 per week. However, I am a bit uneasy about negotiating for the time. I have worked for … Read more...

  • What should my incentives be for international travel?

    I am a software consultant at a relatively small firm (under 50 employees). Recently, the company entered into contracts with several clients overseas and international travel will be required for me for three weeks each month. Management … Read more...

  • What more can I negotiate when I'm already paid well?

    I am the assistant to the president of a small consulting firm. Since I am at the top of my pay scale and receive excellent bonuses, what else can I negotiate that is not monetary, and how do I go about it? Read more...