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Work + Life: Finding the Fit That's Right for You Hardcover – April 12, 2004

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Work is no longer necessarily a nine-to-five proposition: "Those external, company-mandated boundaries between your life and work disappeared; yet nothing replaced them," Yost writes. In this volume, the author argues that, in order to maintain a life outside work, one must think creatively and establish personal boundaries—what she calls the work+life fit. In this information-packed volume, she explains how to do it. Illustrating each point with stories of real people who found a good work and life fit, Yost takes readers through the process of seeing the possibilities for a creating non-standard work schedule, asking for what they want, getting to yes with the professional powers-that-be, and practical, logistical tips for making a program that works for them. It’s a goal-oriented book: each chapter has a clearly defined objective, such as "to ensure that your work+life fit is compatible with the tasks and responsibilities of your job, your workload and scheduling." With Americans working harder and longer today than they did 20 years ago, many readers may appreciate this scheduling guide, which is as much pro-business as it is pro-personal life.
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"(Yost) offers guidance to employees for taking the initiative in developing and negotiating work/life arrangements tailored to their needs..." -- Philadelphia Inquirer, April 11, 2004

"Yost approaches this issue from a pro-business perspective, [and] Work+Life gets points for comprehensiveness, guiding readers step by step..." -- Washington Post, March 30,2004

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Riverhead Hardcover (April 12, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1573222682
  • ISBN-13: 978-1573222686
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.4 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,274,962 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Called "one of the smartest, sophisticated thinkers" by the New York Times and one of Mashable's Top 14 Career Experts on Twitter, Cali Williams Yost has been a pioneering expert on managing work and life in the new economy for nearly two decades. As an in-demand consultant, speaker and CEO of the Flex+Strategy Group/Work+Life Fit, Inc., Cali has shown hundreds of organizations like BDO USA, Novo Nordisk and the United Nations, and tens of thousands of individuals how to partner for award-winning flexible work success.

A former commercial banker and graduate of Columbia Business School, Cali is a crusader for the many ways businesses and employees benefit from a coordinated, strategic approach to work flexibility (e.g. telework, flexible hours, reduced hours, etc.). This includes improved employee engagement, innovation, cost containment, talent management to global client service sustainability and disaster preparedness. Prior to founding Flex+Strategy Group/Work+Fit, Inc. Cali held senior consulting roles with the Families and Work Institute and Bright Horizons Family Solutions, two of the field's leading organizations.

Cali is the author of the critically acclaimed Work+Life: Finding the Fit That's Right for You. The first ever work+life "fit" handbook that shows individuals how to change the way they work in response to major life transitions. Since 2007, she has been an expert blogger for FastCompany.com, and every year from 2010-2012, Cali's Work+Life Fit blog has been voted one of the Top 100 Websites for Women by Forbes.com. Her unique, often contrarian perspective on work and life in a modern, hectic world has been praised in numerous national media outlets.

Cali's second book, Tweak It: Make What Matters to You Happen Every Day, will be released in January 2013 (Center Street/Hachette).

Yost lives in New Jersey with her husband and two daughters

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Work+Life is a well-written handbook which helps you to discover the work-life balance (she redefines it as "Fit") that is best for you and make it a reality step-by-step. The numerous examples of others who have dealt with and conquered this problem will inspire you to move forward with your own plan. For some reason this book wasn't easy to find at Amazon.com, but once I reviewed the table of contents and learned the qualifications of the author including her popular blog, I instantly downloaded it to my Kindle.

This book is useful for a wide variety of readers who have all come to the same conclusion - that working fewer hours or having a more flexible work schedule is essential to their lives right now. Cali knows from firsthand experience and training all the reasons for wanting greater work-life balance. She never limits the target of this book to just working mothers that want to spend more time with their children which is probably the most common reason, or maybe just the one most commonly cited by the media. She makes a clear point that it doesn't matter what the reason and it certainly shouldn't matter to your employer. All that matters is you have reached a stage in life and career where more time and flexibility are needed outside of the workplace and typical M-F 40+(+) hour work week.
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By A Customer on April 14, 2004
Format: Hardcover
As an at-home mother who has slowly let her work-life fade out, this book was an inspiration. I knew I could bring work back into my life, I just wasn't sure of how to do it. Yost walks you through the steps of identifying how much or how little work you want at a given point in your life and how to attain that schedule. The personal stories throughout bring up the common fears of missing promotions or losing the all-important "edge". Yost knows her business. She realistically addresses both the benefits and compromises of identifying your wants and making them heard.
This book has helped me create boundaries around my at-home work so I have time for some career. Making the boundaries helped me focus my time, my energy and my long-term vision.
Thank you Yost!
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By A Customer on April 16, 2004
Format: Hardcover
After the birth of my first child, I found that the corporate 8-to-6 grind was no longer for me. Cali Yost's practical, easy-to-follow and well-thought-out approach helped me to consider, not only my personal needs, but also the realities of my work when tailoring a work+life fit that works for me. As a result, I am now working as an independent consultant, which allows me to have the flexibility I want while continuing to do the work that I love. With all of the negative articles of recent months focusing on women "opting out", Cali Yost's message that "work doesn't have to be all or nothing" is not only positive, it is empowering. I have now creating a work+life fit that works for me and I have never been happier!
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I read this book both from a personal perspective as well as an employer's perspective. How do I attract and RETAIN the best and the brightest for a long period of time? This book is so compelling and full of actionable information that a copy now resides in my company's library.
If you are thinking of quiting your job, read this first.
Cali Williams Yost shows us that the largest of changes are indeed possible AND she demonstrates that even the smallest of changes can make the world of difference.
Susan Torroella, CEO
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