I worked at a corporation for nearly 20 years. During those years, I was expected to carry a pager (in the 90s), a cell phone, and a laptop and respond to work related issues as soon as possible. It didn’t matter if I was watching a movie, having dinner with my family, or riding Space Mountain at Disney. My bosses expected me to be available 24/7. Many working parents feel this same pressure and find it difficult to balance the demands of work with the responsibilities of home life.
As these work/home barriers continue to blur, we face another challenge–how to establish boundaries for our families during the work day.
During my tenure in corporate America, I witnessed several of my employees‘ spending a significant portion of their work day dealing with personal issues. As a husband and I father, I understood their need to deal with these issues at work. However, as a manager, it was my responsibility to establish guidelines to maintain productivity for my team and for myself.
If you’re struggling with how to deal with your family’s personal issues at work, here are 7 practice techniques that you can use to set boundaries for your family: