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A law student doesn't get a job because he asked about work/life balance; a 25-year practitioner lets everyone know he's not to be disturbed on Friday evenings.
As the author of the article "Determine Your Work-Life Balance" writes, “It makes sense to take stock of how what you say is important to you is acted out in real life. If you say family or friends are important, but you spend the vast majority of your waking hours at work, you need to either acknowledge the disconnect and alter your patterns, or admit that you are in a time in your life where work takes priority. It’s not the lack of balance that is the problem. The problem arises when what you truly value isn’t being honored. There are many things that can make people unhappy about their work, but the greatest disconnect that can exist between you and your employer is when there is a lack of agreement between your values and the values of the organization. So before you take on new commitments, make sure you are clear about what matters most.”
Does maintaining an effective balance become easier as your career goes on? Should lawyers stand up for their free time, or is free time a myth?
Law firms should put emphasis on a healthy work/life balance.