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Ask an Expert WORK-LIFE BALANCE / JAN. 04, 2017
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How do I find work-life balance as a new parent?

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Dilemma:

I am a new father, and I’m finding it very difficult to find a good work-life balance. I work in sales, so if I neglect my duties, my income suffers which is something that I can’t afford with a new baby. To top it all off, I feel like I can’t approach my supervisor and ask for leniency or a salary increase. Hopefully, you can help me with this problem.

Kyriaki says:

I know that balancing work and life can be challenging, especially when you have a young family to provide for, and sales can be one of the most demanding industries to work in. It’s a fast-paced and stressful environment, and more often than not, it’s a commission based job where you are required to sell, sell and sell. The more effort and hours you put in, the more money you are going to get.

Don’t get me wrong; I mean working in sales can be fun and easily manageable if you like being part of a competitive team, completing milestones and earning lots of money. The problem is that when you have a newborn in the family, things are only bound to get more complicated, and as a new father, your work-life balance is going to suffer big time. Undoubtedly, you will have more responsibilities around the house, and your presence will be required more often.

If you are working in a commission-based job, which is highly likely in sales, you will struggle with the irregular and unsocial hours that you may need to complete. If you aren’t, maybe you should consider asking your boss for a raise or at least a more flexible work schedule. There is nothing wrong with that and all you need to do is explain the situation to help your boss understand where you are coming from. If he or she has kids of their own, then you might be able to use that to your advantage. I know that it might not be easy to have a conversation with your boss about salary increase or work-life balance, but it is definitely worth a shot, especially if you enjoy your work and don’t want to quit your job.

Also, you can look into company policy and find out what the rules for new parents are. Some companies offer paternity pay and leave, so it might be a good idea to check with your boss. Just to be on the safe side, you can read your contract to find out more information about your employment rights. As a final but more risky option, you can start looking for another job that can offer you the kind of work-life balance you want with a more flexible timetable, higher salary and better work environment.

How does this sound? If you decide to talk about it with your boss, let us know how it goes! In the meantime, check the following articles to help you out:

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