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French Tech Industry Employers & Unions Forbid Evening Emails

work_lifeIt’s beginning to feel more and more like we live to work whereas other parts of the world work to live.

Case in point — according to The Guardian, employers’ federations and unions have signed a legally binding labor agreement that actually requires employers to ensure their employees are disconnected outside working hours. Smart phones, they’re talking to you, too. Read more

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New Study Shows Employees Working From Home are Happier & More Productive

work from home2If you’re working from home and enjoying it more than the office, you’re not alone. A recent study conducted by Stanford University indicated when employers allow their workers to work from home, they’re ultimately happier, less likely to quit and more productive.

Call center employees were given the opportunity to work from home, researchers noticed people at home made 13.5 more calls compared to their cubicle counterparts. They also quit 50 percent less than office dwellers and revealed they were “much happier” on the job. Read more

Pinterest CEO Talks Balancing Work With Parenthood

Pinterest logoIt’s about time! We read a short piece in today’s Wall Street Journal mentioning Ben Silberman, Pinterest Inc. chief, and how he balances a busy work schedule along with being a dad.

This seems refreshing since we often read about women tackling this issue on a daily basis. It seems that men rarely get asked this question or they rarely talk about it so we tip our hats to the top executive’s ability to openly dish about a topic so many people struggle with daily. Read more

How One Working Mom Finds Work/Life Balance

TiffanyShlainTiffany Shlain knows a thing or two about juggling. She’s a successful filmmaker with a million side projects (like her AOL On Originals series) and she’s a wife and mother of two.

So how does Shlain create that seemingly impossible work/life balance that so many working mothers crave? For one thing, she says it’s important to have flexibility with your work, whether you’re a man or a woman. She also believes that modern technology has helped working mothers tremendously:

Make your own schedule. Or talk to your boss about a more flexible schedule. I think that what the Internet has given our generation is this kind of flexibility to work in new, creative ways that our mothers did not have. I have friends who work for corporations, but most of my friends work from home as consultants or own their own business. I feel like the Internet was the tool that the feminist movement always needed.

To hear more from Shlain, including how she boosts her own productivity, read: So What Do You, Tiffany Shlain, Filmmaker and Founder Of The Webby Awards?

How To Balance Your Freelancing Life With Your Personal Life

There are a myriad of reasons people choose to freelance. Although it can a be a difficult and often isolating profession, some writers prefer it to the monotony of office work. Gossiping colleagues, an unfair boss, a tediously long commute: all understandable complaints of working a 9-to-5.

But the downsides of freelancing are just as overwhelming: no benefits to speak of, an unconventional schedule and the difficult task of separating your home and work life (when they are arguably one in the same). In the latest Mediabistro feature, a freelance writer shares her experience of the challenges:

One of my favorite books is by Marcia Golub, and for all of its chapters on the distractions of working from home, it’s ironically titled, I’d Rather Be Writing. We often choose to become freelance writers because we’re invigorated by the idea of doing what we love all day long, only to realize that, as Golub puts it:

No sooner would I sit down to write than I’d find myself going into the kitchen to brew coffee or defrost something for dinner. I’d force myself to get back to my desk and sit there, splitting my ends or examining my eyelids in the mirror. I’d put the mirror away and the phone would ring. With a theatrical sigh of impatience (knowing full well how delighted I really was at the interruption), I’d answer and get into a long conversation about skin cancer with a friend who was trying to put off something she was supposed to be doing.

When there’s no boss hovering over your shoulder, and you can’t get that vision of the overflowing laundry basket out of your head, and you don’t really have any immediate deadlines, it’s difficult to stay on task.

To hear how she overcame the challenges, read Balancing Your Freelance Life with Your Personal Life

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Three Ways Successful Leaders Create Work-Life Balance

Happy Friday one and all! As the weekend approaches we can’t help but think about work-life balance and how to strive for more of it during the week.

Thanks to this roundup compiled by BusinessInsider, there are a few lessons we can learn from successful executives.

1. As per LinkedIn, its CEO Jeff Weiner endorses scheduling empty time on your calendar. “If you were to see my calendar, you’d probably notice a host of time slots greyed out but with no indication of what’s going on. There is no problem with my Outlook or printer. The grey sections reflect ‘buffers,’ or time periods I’ve purposely kept clear of meetings.” Read more

Top Execs Make the Case for Not Using E-mail

Got e-mails? If you’re constantly checking your in-box throughout the day, you’re not alone. Sure, experts have said you shouldn’t respond throughout the day because then you’re not tackling what really needs to get done but maybe this will build a stronger case for you. It certainly did for us.

A piece on BusinessWeek points out Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig told SportsBusiness Journal he has never used e-mail. And he “never will.”

He’s not the only one to live and successfully work without Outlook. According to the piece, Janet Napolitano has said she never uses e-mail either. The secretary of the Department of Homeland Security told reporters, “I think e-mail just sucks up time.” Read more

Got Work-Life Balance? According to Glassdoor Survey Results, Yahoo! Sure Does

Even though Yahoo! ranked 16 out of 25 on Glassdoor’s annual report, the fact that Marissa Mayer eliminated the work from home option last year says a lot.

The report is based on employee feedback from the past 12 months and companies must pre-qualify. That is, they must have at least 50 work-life balance ratings on its site within the past 12 months as well and at least 10 ratings the year prior to that.

The average work-life balance on a scale of one to five (five topping the scale at “very satisfied”) was 3.2. Tech company SAS Institute snagged the top spot with a rating of 4.5 and National Instruments followed close behind them with 4.3.

Without further ado, here’s the top 25 list… Read more

Four Time Management Tips for Busy Working Parents

When Fortune shared these time management tips for frazzled working parents, we figured we would share them, too. And if you’re not a frenetic working parent but simply frenetic, no worries there. The tips can can apply to your hectic schedule as well.

Columnist Anne Fisher checked in with Teresa Taylor, author of The Balance Myth: Rethinking Work-Life Success for several techniques outlined in the book.

1. Stop multitasking. We dare you! As the piece points out, instead of attempting to accomplish several things at once, carve blocks of time out of your day even if they’re only 10 to 15 minutes long. Then, work exclusively on one task and one task only. Read more

Lessons Learned on Getting a Life From Former CEO: ‘What I Did Was Who I Was’

When we read this piece, we couldn’t agree more. After all, many of us put our careers first in our lives. Yes, it’s important but at what price? Does your job define you? Do you have a sense of self outside the occupation?

Erin Callohan, former CFO of Lehman Brothers, wrote in The New York Times, “Inevitably, when I left my job, it devastated me. I couldn’t just rally and move on. I did not know how to value who I was versus what I did. What I did was who I was.” Read more

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