Oh, My Work-Life: Four Tips from a Father of Four at Dell Technologies
Sam G. | Employer Brand Marketing Lead, North America | Texas, United States
Originally Published: June 5, 2023
As a lot of us do, I wear many hats. I’m a husband to Ilse, a son to Blanca, a father to four incredible children (Caleb, Zoey, Levi, and Luna), and I moonlight as the Employer Brand Marketing Lead for Dell Technologies in North America.
One of my favorite Game of Thrones quotes is, “Chaos is a ladder,” and while it’s true that navigating the waters of what true work-life balance looks like for each one of us can sometimes become chaotic, I choose to believe that achieving balance is more of a wild game of Tetris as opposed to an upward climb. Each piece moves with purpose and foresight. Every choice made has one goal in mind:
I think the beauty of the proverbial “balance” has always been that it never looks the same.
While I’m sure there’s incredibly better content in the stratosphere on this topic, I wanted to quickly share four practical tips that have helped me navigate the delicate balance of being a working father.
4 Tips That Helped Me Navigate Being a Working Father:
1) Talk to me nice
Communication, I’ve found, is incredibly underrated. I place a deep importance in having open communication within my family. Early on, this meant my wife and I ensured that we were in sync for the week. As the kiddos have grown, we do our best to be inclusive of our children when it comes to setting expectations on our time commitments. In practice, these conversations happen at the dinner table, in the morning car rides to school, after-school pickups, and right before bedtimes. I want my kids to know what I’m up to because I genuinely want to know what they’re up to as well.
I want to shout out FKJ and his impressive catalog of at-work bangers. Alas, the question remains important. Boundaries exist because they’re necessary! Maintaining a work-life balance requires setting clear starting/stopping points and establishing routines. Communicate with your team and leader about your commitments and life events outside of work. By doing so, I’ve been fully present for my family for the moments that matter. Consistency in setting and enforcing these boundaries allows you to continue nurturing the intentionality of your time.
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