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Why Sheryl Sandberg Leaves Work at 5:30pm – EVERYDAY!

April 11, 2012

Mashable recently published an article, Sheryl Sandberg Leaves Work at 5:30 Every Day — And You Should Too. As Chief Operating Officer at Facebook, Sandberg “has finally reached a point where she can take off at 5:30 p.m. without the lingering concern of how others are perceiving her”.

“I walk out of this office every day at 5:30 so I’m home for dinner with my kids at 6:00, and interestingly, I’ve been doing that since I had kids,” said Sandberg.

In today’s 24/7 competitive work environment, it is all too a familiar feeling to know the stigma against going home “early” (by 5pm).  In the 1950s and 1960s the workday was eight hours, but new technology has made today’s workforce more accessible. This is great for business, but bad for quality family time. A top challenge for professionals is work-life balance and as the Mashable article states: “there should never be any shame associated with heading home before 6 p.m. to eat dinner with one’s children and spouse”.  Sandberg’s honesty is sending a much-needed message to parents everywhere that it’s OK to leave work before dark for family time.

To read the full article, click here>>

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