20 million workers in the U.S. punch the clock part-time. A large portion of
this part-time workforce is composed of women. For moms of young children or
women acting as care-givers for elderly parents, part-time work holds the
allure of a paycheck and time to tend the fire on the home-front.
when happens when work fires need to be out? Or when your boss puts you on
their speed dial 24/7? Successful part-time employees make use of five
strategies for setting boundaries:
Communication & Clarity: Communication is
key. Employees need to clearly communicate their life-work priorities and
schedules. Likewise, companies need to be clear upfront about the requirements
of a specific role. When both parties are unambiguous and in sync, there is
less likelihood that either party will feel taken advantage of.
Make the Case: Employees need to
make the case for part-time work, helping companies see the bottom-line return
of part-time roles. Employers will be more fully committed to making part-time
roles work when they understand their value.
Master Time-Management: By definition,
part-time employees have fewer hours to get the job done. Prioritization and
productivity need to be your twin watch-words. If you drill down and get the
job done at work, there is less chance of it bleeding over into your downtime
Develop Allies: Smart part-time
employees recognize the value of mentors and allies who can advocate for their
work, especially in their absence. Be sure to continually educate your advocates
about your role and your contributions.
Evangelize: Keep your work
colleagues abreast of your work and contributions as well. If your peers
understand your contributions, they will know you're pulling your weight. Take
pains to cultivate harmonious work relationships, going the extra mile on your days
on will pay dividends in good will for your days off.
How do you keep work from encroaching on your days
off? Do you have any tips for establishing boundaries as a part-time employee?
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