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The Art of IT Management - Practical tools, techniques and people skills by Robina Chatham

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20 ACHIEVING A SATISFYING WORK/LIFE BALANCE

WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT?

Read any newspaper or magazine and you will see that work/life balance is fast becoming the hot career issue of the decade. Do you read and respond to emails at home in the evenings or at weekends? What about holidays – do you switch off and relax or do you keep in touch with the office?

When I started work at a shipyard in the early 1980s, email and mobile phones did not exist. When you left work, you left work. When you went on holiday, you went on holiday. In those days the entire shipyard closed for a fortnight. Therefore, on your return from holiday you just picked things back up as you had left them two weeks previously; no last-minute rush before you departed or frantic ...

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