Juggling Work And Family

To truly excel at the office, strive for harmony at home.

Success is a national value and the standard by which lives are measured. Everyone wants to succeed because the antithesis is failure. Although there are undoubtedly varying degrees of success, the concept remains constant in all walks of life. Everyone’s dream is to “make it,” especially in the area of familial relationships. Success is the perceived norm, the hope and the dream—even for those who have failed repeatedly.

Family relationships impact every area of life, especially one’s career. It is a universal factor that determines a person’s location, productivity, creativity and happiness in the marketplace. In other words, “What’s good for the family is good for business.”

Family Struggles Reach Beyond Home
A disruption within the family has repercussions far beyond the family unit. Divorce, depression, extramarital affairs, loneliness, emotional trauma, alcohol and drug abuse, stress and financial loss all eat away at the productivity of a business or organization. Businesses lose billions of dollars each year because of absenteeism, illness, extended coffee and lunch breaks, mad dashes home, staring out the window, endless conversations around the water cooler, accidents, mistakes, personal telephone calls, resignations, and transfer of negative feelings to clients or fellow employees resulting from family trauma. Thus, every business, large and small, has a vested interest in the quality of each employee’s family life.

Likewise, an individual who wants to be successful professionally cannot afford to neglect his or her family. The two are inextricably entwined. What happens before one pulls out of the family drivewaywill profoundly impact one’s performance at the workplace. “Leaving it at home” is impossible. And all businesspeople should remember that their spouse is their biggest client. What does a divorce cost where you live? Treat a spouse like you would your biggest and best client.

The truth is, most people know what has to be done to succeed at home and at work. What they often can’t do is make themselves practice what they know they should. Therein is the bottom line: Failing to do good can destroy your family and career as surely as doing bad.

It is OK to be successful. Climb the ladder of success! Climb fast, climb far, climb high! But when you get to the final rung of your career, perhaps the greatest proof of your love for your family is that you will turn, and they will be right there beside you. If they are, you will be glad, your family will be glad, and your company will be glad.

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Charles Petty, Ph.D., is a motivational speaker and counselor who has spoken to more than 3,000 clients in all 50 states, sharing his insights on how to succeed in both personal and professional lives. He is a member of the National Speaker Hall of Fame. Dr. Petty resides in Raleigh, NC, and is on the Web at www.charlespetty.com.