Leadership Tip

How to stay happy if you both work

Many relationships fail for work reasons: too much travel, too little time together, and too much relocation. It's not easy, but it's possible to manage a relationship and two careers. Here are three tips for doing so:

  1. Actively manage expectations. Unspoken expectations often lead to disappointment and miscommunication in a relationship. Be clear about what you want and need from each other in regard to daily routines and ways of working.
     
  2. Schedule your partner. Put the same effort into carving out time together as you do scheduling work and other social events.
     
  3. Bring your work home and your home to work. Work and family shouldn't occupy completely separate spheres. Find ways to integrate them thoughtfully. Create opportunities for your partner to meet your colleagues and make time to meet his or hers.

The above leadership tip...
was sent in response to a question from a participant on our 10/10 leadership development and mentoring programme and adapted from How Two-Career Couples Stay Happy by Jackie Coleman and John Coleman. Whether you're a first time manager or an experienced leader, straightforward, practical advice on best practice is hard to find. Until now. To find out how you, your team or your organisation can benefit, please join us on our next complimentary webinar or contact us.

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