Time is precious, especially when you have kids at home. Your job should pay the bills – not own you.
For single dads, it’s critical to develop a healthy balance between office and home. I’ve seen three articles recently that make this point.
“Think work-life balance doesn’t exist?” says one. “Think again.”
It lists seven careers that can offer flexible hours: medical assistant, sales rep, teacher, technical writer, administrative assistant, web designer and computer programmer.
“Some people like to work from home,” according to a job expert quoted in the article. “Some people like the flexibility to work at night.”
Another article gives four other careers that don’t always involve a 9-to-5 schedule: accountant, chef, virtual assistant and computer support specialist.
The second article mentions the average pay and educational requirements for each job.
“Having time off when everyone else is at work means you could be free to run errands, schedule appointments, and enjoy favorite activities without having to fight the crowds,” it says.
Some companies have a reputation for offering flexible hours to employees. A third article lists 25 such companies. They include Southwest Airlines, General Mills, Intuit, Agilent Technologies, Facebook, Morningstar and Chevron.
The article compiled the list from Glassdoor, a website that has surveyed more than 150,000 employees who have worked for 36,000 companies.
“A lot of companies talk about a good work-life balance,” says Glassdoor CEO Robert Hohman, quoted in the article. “But not that many deliver.”
In choosing a career and an employer, be selective. Pay and benefits are key considerations. But so are flexible hours and family-friendly bosses.