According to surveys, Birmingham wants a better work-life balance. Tips from 5 local leaders


Focus on a better work-life balance in Birmingham in 2022 (Matthew Niblett / Bham Now)

We wanted to know more about the state of work-life balance in Birmingham, so we asked our Audience on LinkedIn. If you’re like 50% of our respondents, you might feel like you want a better work-life balance in 2022. We’ve got you covered with advice from five local leaders including careers range from starting a business to working in television channels. you look. Check it out.

50% of our LinkedIn audience say they work too much 😅

We were curious about the state of Birmingham workers, so we asked three questions on LinkedIn. PS if you want your vote included in stories like this, be sure to follow us on LinkedIn! Here are the questions and answers from our audience:

LinkedIn Bham Now survey
50% of our LinkedIn respondents say they work too much and 4% wish they had more work.
LinkedIn Bham Now survey
52% of our LinkedIn respondents are working more now than before the pandemic.
LinkedIn Bham Now survey
54% of the 586 people surveyed on LinkedIn are looking for a new job in 2022.

Obviously, our audience is looking to make some changes in 2022 to balance their professional and personal lives. Here are tips from five local leaders on how to avoid burnout.

PS: The following leaders are listed in alphabetical order.

Tips from local leaders for a work-life balance in Birmingham

Birmingham city center
On the way to a balanced year. (Jacob Blankenship / Bham now)

1. Joi Brown, Executive Director of the Jefferson County Memorial Project

Joi Brown is the current Executive Director of the Jefferson County Memorial Project, a grassroots social justice organization focused on remembrance of victims of racial terror in Jefferson County and racial reconciliation.

Joi Brown’s top tips for finding a good work-life balance:

  • Priority to personal life. “Put things like ‘dinner with friends’ on your calendar just like you would a business meeting. I have found it helps me hold myself accountable for not overworking. It also makes it easier to say no to unexpected business events that encroach on personal time.
  • Refueling. “Take care of your mental health as well as your physical health. Those sick days you have aren’t just for when you have a cold. Burnout is real, especially if you work in a service-based role that can be particularly damaging to your mental and emotional health. You won’t be as productive pouring from an empty cup. Take the time when you need it.
  • Planning. “Don’t be afraid to be the ‘let me check my calendar’ person. I used to laugh at people who always said that, but now I get it. It’s great to live in the moment, but when you’re busy planning makes all the difference when the goal is work / life balance. Chances are, because you have a plan, you’ll have more time for more spontaneity! “

Local organizations that have helped Joi Brown create a balance:

2. Ashley Gann, chief meteorologist at CBS 42

Ashley Gann is the chief meteorologist for CBS 42 and a mother of four children under the age of 8. As chief meteorologist, she leads a meteorological team in Birmingham and serves one of the most weather-prone regions in the world. Which makes the title even more astonishing: Only 8% of all chief meteorologists in the United States are women.

Ashley Gann’s top tips for finding a good work-life balance:

  • Flexibility. “With my job and the fluid nature of the weather, it’s often a challenge to set many commitments on a schedule weeks or months in advance. The reality is that time can force me [my family] to switch from one set of plans to another.
  • Organization + balance. “Balance is also very important. When there are long weeks of hard work, I make sure to make up for it with a super fun weekend.

3. Chase Morrow, co-founder of GoodJob

If you’ve ever looked for a job in Birmingham, you’re probably familiar with GoodJob, the startup that Chase Morrow co-founded to help people find purpose and meaningful work. As a veteran of the startup world, Chase recognizes that sometimes work-life balance is hard to come by.

Chase Morrow’s top tips for finding a good work-life balance:

  • Definition of productivity. “I also recommend that leaders / managers focus on productivity versus hours or time spent. I would recommend finding and defining success outside of your business.
  • Priority to health. “It would also be better to make your health, physical and mental, a high priority. “

4. Elizabeth Scribner, internal audit data scientist for a local financial institution

Elizabeth Scribner works at a local financial institution, where she spends most of her time building databases, while working from home with young children.

Elizabeth Scribner’s top tips for finding a good work-life balance:

  • Borders. “For me, I like to think that“ I can have it all, but not perfectly. ”For example, if the school asks for baked goods for a fundraiser at a farm stall, I can send an item purchased in store while giving my child the experience of contributing to a good cause without making a mess in the kitchen. I can exercise regularly, once or twice a week. At work, limits can mean adjusting reach project or ask another colleague for help to get a task across the finish line.
  • Ask the right questions. “I also saved a lot of hours at work by asking the right questions before starting a new project. If someone has done something similar before, it’s easier for me to build on existing work than to start something new from the ground up. “

Local organizations that have helped Elizabeth Scribner create a balance:

5. Dr Adrienne Starks, Founder of STREAM Innovations, Inc.

Dr Adrienne Starks founded STREAM Innovations, Inc. in 2015 to help students develop and explore their passion for science, technology, engineering, the arts, and math.

Top tips from Dr Adrienne Starks for finding a good work-life balance:

  • Community. “Surround yourself with people who support your success, hold you accountable for having a life outside of work, and really want you to be good. “
  • Creativity. “Find ways to be creative outside of your norm and explore new things with others to create memorable moments. “
  • Reflection. “Schedule daily or weekly time to reflect on life and work for moments of gratitude. “

Local organizations that have helped Dr Adrienne Starks create a balance:

What are YOUR top tips for finding a work-life balance in Birmingham? Let us know by tagging @BhamNow on the social.

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