Work-life balance may slow your momentum, but it doesn't have to bring your career to a dead stop. More companies are redefining their career development process to allow for more variety in how employees navigate the organization. The route need not always be a straight line any longer. Workers can zigzag up, across, down, and up again. They can detour to an "off ramp" for a while and then return via an "on ramp" that takes them to the same or a lower spot in the organization.

Some employers tell new recruits that how they split their time is up to them. The company provides flexibility, but the employees control the throttle on how hard they work. They're going to have to put in long hours and travel if they're aiming ...

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