How to Strengthen the (Work-Life) Balance Muscle
By Judy Cascapera, Chief People Officer at Nestlé USA
When I had my children more than two decades ago, I went back to work after four weeks. I even hid my pregnancies from my all-male team for as long as I could. I felt that if I didn’t, I’d be judged and my career would suffer.
At times in my early career, I didn’t just have a poor work-life balance. I had zero work-life balance. I was focused on work all the time, canceling vacations and even cutting out exercise entirely.
Eventually, I realized that if I was going to achieve my dream of driving a new future for human resources, I had to start achieving a sense of balance. I had to stop putting myself last. So, I began to work at building my balance muscle and developing a routine that worked for me, my team at work, and my family. I started to keep things as simple as possible and prioritize what was truly important. When it came to ‘having it all,’ I had to find some places that I could let go and redefine what ‘it all’ would be for me.
What happened? Life, and work, got better.