Life’s a balancing act

work life balance crossword pieces“Work is a rubber ball. If you drop it, it will bounce back. The other four balls – family, family, health, friends, integrity – are made of glass. If you drop one of these, it will be irrevocably scuffed, nicked, perhaps even shattered.” ~ Gary Keller

In today’s society – and at National Grid – we’re all pulled in a lot of directions, with lots of activities competing for our time. On the job, we want to deliver the highest quality work and still be the best friends, spouses, partners and parents outside of work. It’s hard to find balance!

The Work and Life Matters employee resource group (ERG) is dedicated to helping employees achieve a healthy work/life balance. With 180 members and growing, the group offers:

  • ‘Thoughts of the month’ employee emails with tips, ideas and/or encouraging and inspiring notes
  • A newly launched quarterly newsletter with more tips, stories from your colleagues and links to helpful resources
  • Educational events across our US service area, some with fellow ERGs

Most of all, this newest of our ERGs is looking for YOUR ideas and input … and would like to share work/life matter tips and ideas with YOU. Want to find out more or join? Contact the group at

Test your knowledge of work and life balance. Take our short trivia quiz  and watch for results next Friday.


Heather Romero

In our household, we commit to family dinners with no digital devices at least 4 times per week. Trying to raise our daughter to understand that eating together and speaking to each other during meals is an essential part of family time. We try to help each other trouble-shoot anything that came up at school, work, with friends, etc. together as a family.

Martin Sobers

Thats an excellent idea. Sometimes i feel like my mobile devices are appendages I can not live without.


My outlook calendar and ‘to do’ list combines both, what i need to do at work and my personal committments and appointments. This allows me to blend my work/life rather than try to balance it all at the same time – I don’t want any of those glass balls to drop 😉

Stephen Parenteau

I have had to learn to pay folks to help maintain the house with repair projects more and more. I love doing my own projects and working with my hands. But more and more my weekends have become the only quality time I have to spend with my young children.

So rather then spending weekend after weekend on the kitchen/basement remodel, I have started to contract out small jobs that give me a free weenend here and there.

There is a balance to this and it is worth the effort to strike it just right for you.


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