Last week, although it was supposed to be a short, relaxed week, since we had Thanksgiving, turned out to be very stressful for me. To be precise, it started on Thu a week before Thanksgiving, when I didn’t get as good statistical results, as I’ve expected for my recent production change. I could not stop “watching the boiling pot”, or “watching the paint drying” or however else you want to call it. I’ve collaborated with other co-workers to discuss the situation, or I would rather say I was annoying people and not letting them doing anything, because I needed to talk to somebody about “why it does not work the way we expected”.
While I was unable to take my mind off all those issues, I started to think again about what we call “work-life balance”. I had a number of conversations with my manager on this topic, and he was always saying that there should be a work-life balance, and that people actually should “leave work at work”, and “not bring work home”. And I was always saying, that when a person is passionate about work, (s)he can’t stop thinking about it.
And I still think, it’s true. Or, may be it’s trickier… I hate, when you are expected to do work at any time, and I hate even more, when your management judge how good and/or loyal are you based on the number of hours you are willing to work overtime. Fortunately, it has never being a case at Enova.
But still- can you really stop thinking about something, when you are trying to solve a problem? Can you stop thinking about stuff, when you are excited about how great things are turning out? I remember I first experienced such kind of attitude when I worked for New York Department of Education. Although that was a consulting work, so starting at 7 AM I was done at 4 PM, I couldn’t stop thinking about what I will be working on tomorrow. And often, when I would sit back to my computer in the evening to send personal e-mails, I would just drop a line into work e-mail “for tomorrow”, and within half an hour I would receive 3-4 responses, because the rest of the team would not stop thinking about our project outside work hours, too.
And one more thing. I am super-fortunate, that my husband is also in IT, and that he can tolerate the fact, that sometimes I can’t speak about anything except work. I even suspect, he actually likes it! And what it more important, nobody can understand why I am particularly happy or unhappy at work as good, as he can…. I guess, there are couples who are just fine working in different fields and not sharing all these things, but we are definitely not one of them.