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Balancing Act: Managing a personal life, under the radar

How do people manage a personal life when they work in high-pressure workplaces?tmpplchld To find out, Boston University professor Erin Reid visited a global consulting firm with a strong U.S. presence, where workers are expected to commit to their jobs above all else. After interviewing more than 100 employees, she got her answer: Those who found balance were "passing," she said, as ideal workers while discreetly using strategy to manage their personal responsibilities.tmpplchld Some people were able to push back on "always on" expectations and circumvent conflicts without suffering penalties in performance reviews or promotions. After publishing her findings in the...