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Complete this sentence: You know your work life balance is bad when ...

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SC1, you are correct AFAIK. There is no uniform standard for WLB across most consulting organizations, it varies across locations, and even within the same location, based on who you work for. I have some SM’s reporting to me who take care of their team and try to ensure that they leave on time most days; and of course there are a few exceptions, who just like to work hard (not smart) and make others do the same. As a Partner, I’d always choose the former, since it makes sense from both an employee well-being and a commercial aspect. Those teams where people work normal hours (and you have worked to set boundaries with the client), you generally respond to extra work by asking the client: “It will either take longer to complete, or I can bring more people in, to ensure the delivery date stays the same”. In the other (workaholic) situation, my negotiating power as a Partner is handicapped by my team having made the client believe that they can do everything, and that the client “owns” them 24/7. As for those of my Partner peers (I’ve only heard of them on this board, haven’t met a lot in person), who believe the client is always right, and the team doesn’t matter, I think they are in a race to the bottom.

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This thread is all the reasons I quit consulting in 2018 😂 esp big 4 consulting where living to work is the norm. All those with health issues please take care of yourselves and GTFO of your situation while you can still redeem your personal and/or family life back. No point in chasing the big carrot if you’re miserable and unable to even handle the essential things that matter most. It’s definitely not worth it! Pursue the light at the end of the tunnel and don’t look back!

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Here I’ll go first: ..when your dog doesn’t know you

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😢

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When the hotel in the client city sends you a Christmas card

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Actually: when they send you a Christmas present to your home address and you recognise the odor of the hotel

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When you take out your computer in the waiting room at urgent care.

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Was laying on a gurney in the ER after what I thought was a heart attack (flase alarm) got my laptop out waiting to be discharged. Nurse saw me and was like WTF are you doing.

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What is this "life" you're talking about? Is there an engagement code for that? 🙄

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You overhear your daughter playing with the family in her dollhouse, and the first thing she does with the daddy is make him leave the dollhouse to “catch a flight”

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Wow my heart just threw up a little

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when instead of home keys you try using hotel key to get in your house.. 🤦‍♀️.. it happened to me for real. Adding to this when you can’t remember your home address while ordering uber as you have been out of town for more than a month and just remember hotel names. 🤦‍♀️

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I’ve gotten into my condo elevator and typed the floor I was in at the hotel ....

When the doorman at your NYC building doesn’t know you and when you answer “I’m Jen’s husband in apt xx”, he replies “Jen doesn’t have a husband” and calls upstairs to confirm who I am

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This happened to me over the holiday when our poor doorman had no idea there are women consultants. He thought my husband was an independently wealthy single parent.

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When you are in consulting

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Yes

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You make slides drunk from a Vegas hotel while on PTO...

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I so hope you threw in a couple Vegas Easter eggs

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This thread is the reason I’m quitting

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This comment of mine really blew up 😂😂

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When you use the acronym WLB

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@BA2 Work Life Balance?

When you moved into your apartment in august and still don’t know the names of the surrounding blocks

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At home, you pick up the phone on your nightstand to order room service.

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We still have a POTS line for two reasons: 1) When our kids were young, my wife did not want to give up real 911 service where they would reliably know our location. 2) Now she works from home and does conference calls and webinars regularly, and does not trust the quality of VoIP or cell service.

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True story: I took my kids to a Halloween party. When we arrived I got a “quick question” call from the client. We all stayed in the car for the next hour. Happy Halloween kids!

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Got a call from a partner in China while at a New Years Eve party at about 11:30. I wasn’t on on the project just advising.

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When you spend time in the client bathroom commenting on Fishbowl.

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I’m currently using my bathroom breaks to run in place for a couple of minutes to get me steps in. Gotta sit and ppt for 12 hours and still be healthy. 🙄😬🤫

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When you have to put your local grocery store in google maps because you forgot where it was

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Shit guys, all these posts about health issues: please take care of yourself

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When you have to block time on your calendar to use the bathroom

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When you WFH in west cost (to take care if few personal things that involve visiting govt offices before 5:00 pm) but have client in east coast and you dial into the call before brushing, 5:00 am. You also can’t log off early because now that the client is gone, your east coast team hogs all your time well into the evening. Nothing on that to-do gets done.

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When ordering an Uber home in your home city and you manually enter your hotel address. When you get into your hotel room late Sunday night, settle into bed, think “ahhh..I’m home” and immediately go through the following progression upon realization: ..😴.........😳.....😱...🤯....🤦🏼‍♀️

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when you wake up in a hotel room and forget what city you are in

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Has happened a few times. It can be a terrifying feeling of WTAF am I??

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To be thinking about work even when on pto is not right. I need to gtfo.

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Interviewed for a role and after speaking with the manager for it, I’m not that interested anymore solely on the manager alone. How do I message the recruiter (the manager too?) that I’m no longer interested but don’t necessarily want to cut ties with the company in case there are better roles in the future? BTW I’m happy in my current role now, was just curious about the company.

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Has anyone filed taxes after a 401k/IRA withdrawal under the CARES act? Seems like Turbo tax does not accommodate the change yet, so I'm wondering how ppl have done it (if they have so far)?

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