I love this. I, too, worked for an amazing supervisor who held some of those same beliefs about balancing out time. I try to mirror the same perspectives in my work as supervisor (though often within a larger departmental / institutional structure of expectations for my staff – which doesn’t always match my personal expectations for them).
What are your fair work boundaries? What is reasonable and fair when it comes to expectations for checking email and having your phone on?
When I first began a career in student affairs, my director was a good and fair person, always supporting a life in balance. Work late for a program? Take a few hours of personal time the next day. Spend a weekend away at a conference? Be sure to take a personal day to catch up on things at home. As a supervisor, I have attempted to mirror this courtesy, believing that people, and family and lives, are more important than a 60-hour workweek. There will always be work to done, reports to write, and programs to plan.
The theme of work-life balance remains a popular topic among colleagues as we seek an adequate distribution. Too many friends make 10-12 hour work days a habit while answering the duty phone each weekend. While we advise students to choose a few extracurricular activities on which to focus, we disregard this advice and drive…
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