In every conceivable manner the family is link to our past bridge to our future
- Alex Haley
One of the main reasons young people work very hard early in life is to be able to take care of their families. Most people we have questioned why they want to keep a job and are anxious to move along the corporate ladder say that their primary objective is to be able to ‘put food on the table’ three times a day and pay school bills of their children.
Unfortunately the very desire, once attained has become the source of discontent in the family. Spouses of executives are constantly at cross purposes. They hardly have time for each other nor for their God-given children.
Just imagine a family life in which the woman is a medical doctor taking rounds at the hospital day and night; the husband a lawyer or journalist. These are all demanding jobs. Who takes care of the home and the children? Hired baby-sitters? Certainly. Who takes care of the bills and sundry matters at home? The couple are busy; they have the required moveable and immoveable property; what they lack is “cool” peace of mind.
Consider also spouses of chief executives, who are not professionals. What do they do when their spouses are away on business trips or spend longer hours in the office? Day dream? Watch TV all day; kick the dogs and house helps? Does this have indirect effect on the organization that employs the spouse?
The woman or man in the house waiting for his or her spouse is indirectly making contribution to the success of his or her spouse. If the non-working spouse fails to cooperate with the working spouse, the latter is not going to be successful in his or her work. Therefore, it’s about time organizations made provisions in their plans of action to sustain the marriage lives of their workers. This is part of social responsibilities of social institutions.
For you to be good in the boardroom, you must be good in the bedroom