LEIGH OBER, RAPP'S CHIEF TALENT OFFICER, TALKS WITH THRIVE GLOBAL ABOUT FINDING BALANCE

"In my role as Chief Talent Officer for a global marketing agency, I’ve often heard, through conversation in interviews, performance reviews, exit conversations and even day-to-day chatter, a focus on stress, grueling schedules or the effects of a poor leader who says the right things but is, in reality, demanding and relentless. This isn’t, of course, exclusive to the marketing industry — it’s something felt throughout the American workforce. We feel overworked and under-appreciated.

As women, these stressors are compounded by issues we uniquely face — often working in a male-dominated environment, dealing with feeling undervalued and underpaid, and the antiquated societal pressures we face to serve as primary caretakers of the home and family. As a result, we’re oftentimes, and increasingly, left to manage little-to-no-balance — a lack of time and energy for loved ones, let alone hobbies or caring for ourselves. We feel trapped and stuck.

But there are ways to regain control! Here are three steps to take, and considerations to action against, to begin doing our best work and living our best lives."

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