4 tips for healthier work-family balance
While the two usually seem mutually exclusive, work-related travel can actually be a cost-effective way for parents to create meaningful family time. Having your loved ones present can build quality memories, while also bringing them a greater understanding of your work. Some are already eschewing the idea of lonely hotel rooms, converting these trips into opportunities for family bonding instead. Even US President Barack Obama embraces this work-life balance, with his wife, daughters and even mother-in-law in tow while on formal visits to Italy and Russia. But before bringing everyone and the kitchen sink on your next work trip, take heed of these four tips.
1. Ensure that the setting is conducive
First things first – check that your employer and colleagues are comfortable with your family joining you. While they are a priority, it’s important that having them around won’t distract you from your business obligations. Hence, trips that have tight or demanding schedules may not be appropriate to have loved ones tag along.
2. Plan a basic itinerary
It’s key to staying organised, and striking a balance between work and family commitments. With this, you’ll know when you can carve out a little time every day to make it all about your family, even if it’s only for an hour – remember, it’s usually about quality of time spent, not quantity. And be prepared for last-minute changes, such as an unexpected meeting or bad weather. Some research will reveal if the hotel or area has activities or amenities to keep everyone happily occupied, and granting you peace of mind.
“Even US President Barack Obama embraces this work-life balance, with his wife, daughters and even mother-in-law in tow while on formal visits to Italy and Russia.”
3. Bring a familiar face along
Whether it’s your spouse or child, they may feel uncomfortable being left alone, especially if they’re in an unfamiliar location. Bringing along an additional family member or trusted caregiver can be of great help. Alternatively, some hotels offer in-house babysitting services or can recommend reputable day care facilities in the vicinity.
4. Find a family-friendly hotel
It’s not as hard as it sounds – in fact, all of Millennium Hotels and Resorts properties in Singapore offer amenities and services specially catered to your little ones. If you’re ever in Copthorne King’s Hotel Singapore or any of our Singapore hotels, just Ask Alfred, the Children’s Concierge. He’ll provide personalised items and treats, as well as a guide listing local family-friendly attractions. And given the close proximity to a dazzling array of shopping, dining and entertainment venues, that list is potentially endless.