Bringing Work Home?

When I was a child, people in my family brought work home. They shared their struggles and we listened to story after story. There was a fair amount of oppression in my family members' work places and at times, there was little voice or understanding about the big picture. It wasn't all about "autonomy, mastery, and purpose" as Pink's book, Drive, supports.

I also bring the trials and tribulations of work home, and I really don't want to do that as much. Hopefully I can find ways to resolve issues at work with work colleagues rather than relying on family members for support all the time.

A greater sense of team and more attention to clear, transparent share would have supported my family's work experiences well. In a large part, it was the lack of clarity and the missing sense of team that they struggled with--they enjoyed their work, wanted to do a good job, but often felt less valued than possible.

In my own work place, there's been a lot of positive movement towards a greater sense of team, and that's made work much more positive. There's also been the addition of my online Professional Learning Network (PLN) which has filled in the gaps for me with regard to desired growth, support, and new ideas. Essentially my PLN is filled with passionate educators who all share a dream for furthering their practice and making schools better for students. I love that mission, and I'm happy to have this sense of team.

Getting a good schedule and having a leading list of protocols helps one to keep work at work, and make the time at home good time for family and friends. Yes there will be days where work spills into the home sphere, but in general, it's good to keep the two separate as often as you can.

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