Magazine article Management Today

The Trouble Is You Want It All

Magazine article Management Today

The Trouble Is You Want It All

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The biggest sacrifice I made to my career was neglecting my partner of 11 years, who then left me. I made the mistake of putting work first just once too often.' This - from a senior female manager in her forties - was one of many hand-written replies from the 2,000 people who responded to our fourth MT/Ceridian survey into Work/Life Balance. A one-time superwoman who crashed to earth.

We, the consumers of information, are subjected to a ceaseless barrage of statistics, studies, surveys and reports these days. But when you see the ink fresh on the page frankly expressing a sentiment like that, it brings you up with a start. Four years after the creation of the work/life survey, it is no less shocking to see the number of unhappy managers in the British workforce. Very little progress has been made in resolving the competing demands of work and home, leaving most of us feeling that there simply isn't enough time to go around.

There has been no lack of proposed panaceas. Flexible working, more enlightened maternity deals, better childcare facilities, concierge schemes, sabbaticals and portfolio careers are all very well. They help many of us to keep more plates spinning for a little longer, but they are not solving the underlying problem. Seven out of 10 of us feel that the pressure is increasing. …

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