The workweeks of many PR and marketing pros are becoming increasingly longer.
Data suggest the average “traditional workweek”—as many once knew it—is now pushing 60 hours.
A recent report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics says telecommuting or working from home is partially to blame.
From Fast Company:
The number of people working from home increased [roughly] 20 percent in 2003—and rose to 24 percent in 2015. Concurrent with the findings of the previous surveys on longer hours, the American Time Use Survey reveals that the average time employed persons spent working at home on days they worked increased by 40 minutes from 2.6 hours to 3.2 hours.
In certain industries such as accounting, law, consulting, or at startups in general, that balance is assumed to be impossible. The 80-hour workweek people complain [that] there’s no time for everything else.
For some, the occasional Friday spent working from home can lessen the stressors of an otherwise maddening workweek, but it isn’t the only way to achieve work/life balance.
From Fast Company, here are a few ways to help you stay sane when days are dragging and there just isn’t time to unwind or unplug:
Manage clients’ expectations: Flexibility is a team sport. Clients can be assured that someone will be available 24/7, but the people covering that availability will shift.
Make work more fun: Invest in the relationships and projects you enjoy. Doing so will help pass the time.
Make the most of your weekends/vacation time: Instead of spending every weekend on the couch, make a loose plan of fun activities. Doing so will help motivate you throughout the week.
If the thought of working 80 hours a week makes you cringe, consider a freelancing opportunity with Content Conquered. Candidates for this marketing ghost-blogging position should be writing at an advanced level and prepared to write 1,500 to 2,000 words within 48 hours.
Not the job for you? See what else we have in this week’s professional pickings:
Editor— Fitpregnancy.com (New York)
Associate producer— WorkInSports.com (Illinois)
Mobile and web editor— Blizzard Entertainment (California)
Director of audio visual operations— Five-Star AudioVisual (Georgia)
Web content writer— Waltham Technologies (Florida)
Media manager— U.S. Soccer Federation (Illinois)
Social media lead, clients and markets— Deloitte (United Kingdom)
Reporter— Automotive News (Michigan)
Freelance proofreader— Rauxa (California)
Social media manager— LIDS Sports Group (Indiana)
Communications operator— Christus Health (Louisiana)
Marketing project manager— McDonald’s (Illinois)
Social media editor— UrbanDaddy (New York)
Marketing coordinator— Zimmerman Advertising (Florida)
Digital specialist—KORE1 (California)
Social media marketing manager— Saatchi & Saatchi (Illinois)
Community development specialist— Microsoft (Indiana)
Digital editor— Houstonia Magazine (Texas)
Copyeditor— Cole Publishing (Wisconsin)
Associate branding producer— WWE (Connecticut)
Communications manager— Boeing (California)
Project editor/writer— Slack (Pennsylvania)
Marketing assistant— United Elite Global (Florida)
Senior editor— Giant Creative Strategy (California)
SEO and social media editor— Telegraph Media Group (United Kingdom)
Transportation reporter— The Wall Street Journal (New York)
Communications manager— VMA Group (Belgium)
PR assistant— Gold Stream Solutions (Indiana)
Editor— Ketchum (New York)
Producer— Charter Communications (Connecticut)
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