Setting an example
Working in today's flexible, global, and virtual work environments is demands much of workers. To succeed both professionally and personally, workers need a livable work/life balance. Fortunately for some workers, innovative organizations understand that getting the best from their employees demands that they provide their employees with many opportunities to balance their work commitments and their personal pursuits. This article discusses how organizations can support employees and help them enjoy healthier professional and personal lives. In doing so, it explains how employees--particularly those working in information technology (IT)--can create working environments that will enable them to better manage the stress of doing their jobs well. It also describes some of the methods organizations can easily implement to help employees find a satisfying work/life balance. Accompanying this article is a sidebar suggesting three ways in which employers can reward employees who regularly work many overtime hours.