Seeking Work/Life Balance

By Paula Santonocito

Seeking Work Life BalanceQ. I desperately need to find better balance between my work and other aspects of my life. My employer offers some work/life benefits, but they don’t seem to be enough. As the single mother of three children, I am having a really hard time juggling everything and I know I’m not doing a good job—at any of it. Any advice?

A. It’s important to realize that you’re not alone in your struggle. Women, as well as men, find it increasingly difficult to balance work and other aspects of life, particularly in the current economic environment.

In fact, experts like John Challenger, CEO of global
outplacement consultancy Challenger, Gray & Christmas and member of’s editorial advisory board, find that as the economy worsens people become increasingly worried about their jobs and work longer and harder.

And guess what gets put on the back burner? Yep, work/life balance.

Your circumstances, as a single mother of three children, present challenges that single women without children may not fully appreciate. But all is not lost. And there may be options you have yet to explore.

It’s great that you’re looking into benefits your employer offers, but are you exploring the right benefits?

Before you can address your particular situation, you have to identify what exactly contributes to your work/life balance struggle. For example, is child care an issue? And if so, does your employer offer assistance?