Balancing Your Career, Family and Life (Daily Telegraph by Cary Cooper, Suzan Lewis

By Cary Cooper, Suzan Lewis

Easy methods to deal with Your profession and relations offers sound recommendation at the sensible, monetary and emotional difficulties confronted by means of any double-career couple or family members.

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The stress of the decision-making caused us to argue a great deal and say a lot of acrimonious things we both regretted. Eventually, we decided to stay put. I was unemployed for nearly a year. I felt resentful, and I know she felt guilty. Somehow we survived and I found another position. (computer programmer, male) The situation which this man described was stressful, not only because the refusal to relocate resulted in a period of unemployment but also because the decision had favoured his wife’s career.

57 Balancing Your Career, Family and Life How Can Managers Help? ❚ Dual-career partners can be encouraged to incorporate family decisions in career planning by, for example, career counselling and appraisal systems which acknowledge the legitimacy of non-traditional career paths. ❚ Recruitment and selection procedures can be adapted to meet the needs of dual earner partners involved in joint job seeking (see Chapter 8). ❚ Companies can modify their relocation policies and practice in a number of ways (see below).

Up to date, honest communications can only help to minimize the level of uncertainty about prospective developments and provide for greater acceptance and a smoother transition when it occurs. 6 The organization will have to reconsider its attitudes towards women executives. g. helping to find their partner a job, temporary ‘home help’, relocation expenses, paying the differential on mortgage rates, etc). Implications for relocation are discussed further in Chapter 8. This is a time of great social change, and corporate planners will have to be insightful, creative and innovative in designing effective strategies to deal with them.

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