Work-Life Balance AIMHO 2013 Whitney Milligan Utah State University
Yeah! I live in! • It’s convenience living so close to my office. • I can respond quickly to emergencies. • My staff lives close by – I can hang out with them any time. • My child will be exposed to a diversity of people. • I’m available to help residents whenever they need anything.
Oh Crap! I live in! • It would be nice to go home from my office. • I have to respond quickly to emergencies. • My staff lives close by – really close by… • and they’re around all the time. • Residents knock on my door just to see • my child. • Students knock on my door day and • night – not just for emergencies!
Finding Balance Considerations… • Supervisory role/relationship • Staff and resident perceptions • Work to be accomplished • Family and personal commitments • Time sent away from campus
Supervisory Expectations • Ask – be clear on what they expect. • Propose what you think will work for you. • Make them aware of concerns as they arise.
Protect Yourself • Remember – you’re the boss. That comes with certain responsibilities and expectations. • Let your staff know your priorities. • Should you really be available 100% of the time? • Set and state perimeters – work vs. personal space.
Get Your Work Done • Sometimes its ok to close your door. • Structure your work time. • Keep work out of your apartment – or at least limit it. • Be in your office when you say you will be.
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