Survey: Well-being & Your Work

by Katrina on December 19, 2013


—Update 1/21/14 The survey is now closed. Check back in the next week or two when I hope to share the results here.—

In the last few months, I’ve given dozens of interviews with print, radio, and TV reporters about Maxed Out. These are some of the recurring questions I hear:

  • Are some  jobs more family-friendly than others?
  • Are people in every industry maxed out?
  • How much control do managers have to fix this?

I don’t really know the answers; I regularly receive emails and blog comments from people in a gazillion types of jobs and industries, but I don’t know how they compare. So I’ve put together a short survey to find out!

Here’s where you come in:

1. Fill out the survey now. Start here>

It should take about 3 minutes to complete. I will not share your personal information. I plan to quote from the results in my writing and public speaking. I will also post the results here on my blog for your reading pleasure (hopefully by February).

2. Please share the survey widely.

Email the link to your friends. Share it on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn or wherever you hang out. I’m interested in hearing from people in a wide variety of jobs, industries, and locations. In order to be able to make comparisons, I would like to get as many responses as possible.

Thank you for your help!

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About the photo: You may be wondering what the above photo has to do with this survey. The answer is absolutely nothing. But photos of surveys are boring. Photos of meercats are cute. Hopefully it got your attention. Did you fill out the survey yet?

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In case you’re interested, here are examples of two other surveys I conducted in the past. The results were fascinating.

Who Clips the Nails?

Working Parents & Stress

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }


I’m not sure this comment has anything to do with your survey but I just had to share a recent “thank you” email from a client. It is the holidays, I have two grade school kids and I’m an attorney. Of course, school is out over the holidays and with two working parents we have a choice of either placing our kids in child care or managing each day as best we can. We do the latter because our kids (10 and 8) deserve time at home with us over the holidays and we want to spend as much time as possible with them. I accommodate work and if I have notice of calls, etc., I can usually make arrangements to be available even if it means dragging my kids to the office with me. One day this past week nothing was scheduled and then as I’m getting into the shower (both kids still asleep) I get an email alert on my phone that a client is in the middle of a call and needs my participation. It simply wasn’t possible. I wasn’t prepared and I could not be on this call as my kids are waking up and stay focused. My client then wanted to reschedule later that afternoon. I had a pottery class planned with my kids and (being very proud of myself) I said no, the call would have to happen the next morning which it did, with kids at my office for 2 plus hours. The point of this post is the “thank you” I received from the lead representative at my client — a woman who I know does not have kids. Her “thank you” — “it is so hard being an attorney this time of year.” You so totally missed the point. First, its hard being a kid with working parents (who have to work) over the holidays. School is out! Second, its hard being a working parent (who has to work) over the holidays. School is out! Isn’t it time that companies adopt a policy of no more “false” end of year deadlines and if there is a true end of year deadline that must be met, schedules need to be set by the first of December.



Yes to everything you said. And well done by the way. Now that I’m self-employed we’ve cut way back on the camps for the same reasons you have. My kids are much, much happier, which makes me happier, but the juggle is always hard.


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