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When Does Your Paycheck Start in 2008?


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A colleague just sent me this link regarding “Work Your Proper Hours Day” in the UK. This day is celebrated on February 22nd – the average day on which Britons working unpaid overtime pass the mark where their unpaid labor ends and they begin to work for themselves.

WYPH day is the brainchild of the Trades Union Congress (TUC). This organization, with roots going back to 1868, advocates for working people. Their Worksmart site provides tips for employees on how to manage work life balance, and provides a calculator you can use to figure out your individual WYPH day. I took a quiz on their site – it looks like my day is today – March 3. Hmmm – I think I still have a couple of months to go before I stop working for the Government and get to keep the rest.

Many of us have New Year’s resolutions relating to achieving better work life balance. Mine was to get home in time to cook dinner (link to a wonderful cookbook) a couple of nights per week. I’ve been doing ok with that one. Mark Bittman, another one of my favorite cookbook authors, wrote this article in yesterday’s New York Times about taking a break from virtual reality each weekend.

What do you do to draw boundaries between work and life outside of work?

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  1. Bill MacKay #

    I’ve considered it a fair trade off that I’d work after “core hours” in exchange for the flexibility to work at home at times. I can take care of “life issues”, (car, home, kids, etc) during regular work hours. The unwritten agreement is that I’d still get my work done and it usually means getting online at night or on the weekends.

    I never let work get in the way of major life events and set expectations with my team accordingly.

    March 4, 2008

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