Part-Time Employee, Full-Time Boundaries

Published Wednesday, April 13, 2011 3:53 PM

Nearly 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.

But 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 at home.

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? Share your thoughts here and on the Pendaflex Facebook page.

by Carly Fadako


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