Brainmates co-founder Adrienne Tan is a former work client and friend of Hacking Happiness co-founder, Rebekah Lambert (that’s me!). Adrienne has a highly successful Vivid Ideas event last year and always has her finger on the pulse of the busy Australian product manager. I caught up with Adrienne to ask about work-life balance in the Australian product management landscape. Check out the interview! It has some great pearls of wisdom
This coming Sunday, June 7, we’re hosting a panel discussion as part of Sydney’s Vivid Ideas Festival called ‘The Myth of Work-Life Balance in a Get-Ahead Culture’. This conversation is desperately needed. Because the impact of employees’ mental health conditions on productivity, participation and compensation claims has been estimated by PwC (2014) to cost Australian businesses at least $10.9 billion a year. Because we think it’s normal to check work
You define your boundaries, nobody else. You decide what’s acceptable, and what’s not. You decide which hours of which days you’re available for clients, and when you’re not working. You decide which hours of which days you’re working on your business. You decide when you need to receive payment by. You write your terms and conditions, enforce them and you get to decide when or if they can be waived
Doing the same thing over and over is OK for some people. It is definitely not OK for others. Our motivation can wane if we constantly do work we can do easily. It makes for a less fulfilling work day. This is what workplace balance is all about. So what can you do to up the ante? Within your workplace, you can identify ways to take on extra tasks or
I love to leap before I look. When I was 18, I hired my local community centre hall and started teaching yoga, which I’d fallen in love with precisely six months prior. (Seventeen years later, I’m now a senior qualified teacher working in yoga marketing.) When I was 22, I started working as a tour leader, leading groups of people through two countries that I’d never visited before. This job
Whether you’re working for someone at a white collar job or you’re shuffling on the coil of self-employment, everyone has times where the motivation ebbs and flows. Sometimes, this lack of motivation may signal you need a change of the holiday or new job variety. But what can you do if changing jobs at this particular point in time isn’t an option and the holidays aren’t really touching the sides?