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Striving for Work/Life Balance
2011 Professional Development Theme 

In the 2008 OIWC Career Satisfaction survey, 100% of the respondents said they desire an employer that has a sensible work/life balance, but only 53% say their company is doing a good job of executing this benefit.

Work/Life Balance is on the forefront of most people’s minds these days – and it isn’t just a women’s issue. The demand for work/life balance solutions is expanding at an unprecedented rate. It’s the buzz word of the 21st century; we see it mentioned in blogs, articles and even by the Executive Office of the President.

Data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics suggests there is slow (or no) growth in work/life programs in recent years. But why aren’t we making more progress? No matter how many policies, benefits or procedures your company implements, without figuring out the right approach for yourself, you will never obtain the results you wish. Since work/life balance means something different for every person, and its meaning changes over time, it needs to be something you are consistently ‘checking in’ with.

In 2011, OIWC will provide its members with the necessary skills to help evaluate and improve  work/life balance. Visit the OIWC site for more related links and resources to help you on your quest for an optimal work/life balance. Plus, all Education Series, Network Night, and online events in 2011 will focus on this topic, so mark your calendar today and don't miss any of these valuable events.

OIWC Education Series in Seattle Tomorrow, February 17

Have you ever created a vision board? Do you know what a vision board is and how to use one? Join OIWC, REI and others for an Education Series on Vision Boards. Learn what they are, how to create one and how a vision board can allow you to have a sense of achievement and enjoyment.

You will be lead by local industry leader, Michele Flamer, on how she has used vision boards to find a better work/life balance. After the presentation, everyone will have time to begin working on their own vision board. Don’t miss out on this life-changing event.

The presentation portion of this event is for members only; each member may bring a guest for $20. Space is limited and over 40 people have registered already. Visit the OIWC site to pre-register (recommended), for more details on what to bring, and to see who else will be there.

Thank you to REI for sponsoring the 2011 OIWC Education Series!

OIWC Network Nights Next Week: Bay Area, Boulder and Portland
OIWC kicks off its 2011 Network Nights on February 22nd with events in three regions. Each of these events provides a unique opportunity to check out an OIWC Corporate Member headquarters while meeting others in your region. The events will focus on Vision Boards and how they can give you a sense of achievement and enjoyment in your life. This is sure to be a Network Night you don’t want to miss!

Network Nights are for OIWC members only; each member may bring a guest for $20.

Space is limited. Visit the links below to pre-register and to find out how to prepare for this event.
Thank you to this quarter's Network Night hosts


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