Work Life Balance

Claim your life back

Steve Deane at the NZ Herald has figured out a way to combat the Rise of Whaloil – stop looking at your phone

Former Air Force reservist Demelza Challies, of Auckland, used to sleep with a notebook by her bed so she could write down ideas about how to do her job better in the middle of the night.

A solo mother who was also studying for a business degree, Ms Challies never watched TV and hadn’t read a novel in over two years. “I’d never really switch off,” she said.

With resources increasingly stretched by the move towards civilianisation, Air Force employees would take it on themselves to devote more of their lives to work, she said.

The job, which involved supplying Hercules aircraft, became a “never-ending thing”.

“We didn’t want it to be us who was the breaking point so everybody would just keep doing as much as they could.”

Eventually it became too much and she quit the Air Force to take up fulltime study, but she still had trouble letting go.

I personally find it great – have can fit all sorts of small tasks into nooks and crannies that used to go to waste, and you’re switching from work to play without even noticing.

So if you find yourself chained to your iPad, smartphone or tablet, don’t turn it off, don’t walk away – come see what’s new on Whaleoil 🙂

Career Vs Children

? The Economist

There is some debate over the supposed “need to reweight our societal priorities so that women can balance family and career more effectively“. But do we?

An article in the Economist thinks otherewise:

…why should we care if women make up only 15% of corporate officers because the system demands a choice between family and career, and they choose family? It’s their choice. Even if women’s greater prioritisation of the needs of their children is an inborn quality, so what? There are lots of inborn qualities that make some people or groups disproportionately unlikely to become CEOs: an excessive capacity for empathy, for example, or being short. We don’t demand that society be reordered so that short people are proportionately represented in the ranks of CEOs. Certainly, women shouldn’t be discriminated against on the basis of sex; those who choose to prioritise career over family should compete on an equal basis with like-minded men. But why should we reorder our society to guarantee that one group of people shouldn’t have to choose between competing priorities, just because nature has decreed that they weigh those priorities differently?