Chained to the desk?

Today's business environment increasingly demands that project professionals work longer days and more hours per week. But such demands will, over the long haul, lead to less productive performance and eventual burnout. This article details five techniques that can help project managers attain a work-life balance and get the rest and relaxation they need to maintain a high level of efficient and effective workplace performance. In doing so, it identifies the symptoms and consequences of over-working. It then outlines the five techniques, explaining how project managers can use each to improve their personal well-being. It also suggests how organizations can help their employees avoid working excessive hours and prevent burnout. Accompanying this article are two sidebars: The first overviews how the project manager of the Wivenhoe Dam project (Queensland, Australia) helped his team re-adjust a grueling work schedule and achieve a better work-life balance; the second describes how vacation policies in various c
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