Individual Wellbeing and Career Experiences
New Horizons in Management series
Edited by Ronald J. Burke, Kathryn M. Page and Cary Cooper
Chapter 2: Being ‘otherish’: resolving the false choice between personal and prosocial goals
Imagine for a moment that it is your busiest time of year at work. Your always long to-do list is bursting with urgent items, all of which need to be finished by a big deadline next week. It is Monday morning, and as you look at your schedule for the next ten days, you wonder, ‘How can I ever get it all done?’ It starts to feel overwhelming, so you take a deep breath and decide to build a plan of attack. If you move these things around, cancel those meetings, and use your evenings and weekend . . . it is going to be tight, but there is a way to make it work. Whew. Just as you breathe a sigh of relief, your phone rings. A friend is moving this weekend and wants to know if you can help her load the truck on Saturday. ‘We can make it fun’, she promises. Of course there will be the requisite free pizza.
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