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Project Manager : Project Manager Dec Jan 2013
36 Project Manager BALANCING WORK AND HOME IS A 'struggle to juggle' that's only becoming more challenging for most working women, especially in an economically lukewa r m climate. e most recent Australian Work and Life Index (AWALI) sur vey showed that in the ve years since the GFC str uck, women's unhappiness with their work/life balance has climbed from 15.9 per cent to 27.5 per cent today. In that time, jobs have become more pressured, and mobile technology has made leaving work at the o ce di cult but, essentially, women are still coping with the same core issue -- how to successfully combine family and career. And while governments can legislate for more exible working hours and parental leave, in the end it comes dow n to how women themselves cope with the stresses and strains. "Enshrining change in legislation can only go so far," says Connie Mitsis, a project manager with BT Financial Group, who juggles day care for her ve-year-old and 21-month-old daughters and working four days a week. "It's what we do with the opportunities once they present themselves that will make for real change." at change, Mitsis says, has to be around women not constantly apologising or trying to compensate for the fact that they have commitments outside of work. "Sadly, I'm afraid women can be their own worst enemies in this respect. I know that I am a competent and knowledgeable specialist, but I am constantly apologising for my work arrangements: 'I'm not here on Wednesdays but ... I'll swap my days, if necessary". Chivonne Algeo agrees: "You can be your ow n worst enemy by creating an e xpectation that you will deliver no matter what. It does require negotiation." With four children of her ow n and three stepchildren to 'juggle', Algeo has e xperienced very di erent attitudes to work/life balance during a career that has taken her from graphic design to teaching project management at university. "Companies can have good policies and procedures for working from home or work/ life balance in theory, but in practice it depends very much on the individual and the culture of where you work and the support you have," she explains. Algeo learned to cope by doing what she does every day: project managing. " e family is de nitely a project. I sent out a spreadsheet of Christmas activities for the children to tick boxes and have allocated tasks, so it's almost like a responsibility matrix." Sue Linney took a similar approach when she was raising two children and running a career, rst in the law and then project management, but she also lear nt to delegate. "I would list all the things that have to be done around the house and ... I would outsource most things. I would occasionally do little bits to keep me 'connected to the hearth', but not be responsible for getting tasks done," says Linney, who is now a concept engineer for Lex Regulate. It's all about buying time, she explains, and her project management skills have served her well in extracting as much personal time from her busy schedule as possible. "I would look for what I can reprioritise, drop altogether or hire someone in for, and decide how I get some time for myself and what I want A balancing act For years we have been warned that we should strive to achieve a work/life balance. Yet many Australian women are still struggling to cope. Project Manager speaks with three members of AIPM's Women in Project Management special interest group on combining family and career. LEANNE MEZRANI I WOULD LIST ALL THE THINGS THAT HAD TO BE DONE AROUND THE HOUSE AND OUT- SOURCE MOST
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