I used to work for a huge tiny non-profit. By “huge” I am referring to the sense that our projects affected hundreds of thousands of people each year, and by “tiny” I mean that there were fewer than ten people in the organization and at most three of those ten working on my projects. Overtime was the rule, not the exception, and sixty hour weeks plus weekends was the starting point.
Work/life balance was a myth, reserved for people who did not want to do great things. This was not easy, as many would-be coworkers discovered. Employment was a revolving door at the organization. More than one new hire lasted no more than three weeks. I was a veteran, an old hat, having been with the organization for three years before I left.
But back to Jeremy Zawodny. His colleagues work at companies where it’s possible to take extended leaves in search of work/life balance. At this non-profit, that would be impossible. At my current job, it would be quite difficult, as many aspects of my immediate area of the company function more like a huge tiny non-profit than any other type of entity.
Updated May 12, 2011 and originally published January 18, 2006. If you enjoyed this article, subscribe to the RSS feed or receive daily emails. Follow @flexo on Twitter and visit our Facebook page for more updates.