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Poll: Do your friends and family understand that you must always be available?
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This forum topic is for the discussion of the poll question "Do your friends and family understand that you must always be available?".

This poll was originally submitted by Barbara Figueroa Savidan

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Lise Smidth  Identity Verified
Austria
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I must not :) Oct 6, 2009

I voted "It depends" because my friends and family understand that I don't always have regular working hours and sometime have to work a little later or in weekends. But personally I have decided to cut that down to a minimum. I usually work for ca. 50 hours on Monday till Friday, and that is really more than enough in my opinion.

And I certainly don't have to be available all the timeicon_smile.gif

best
lise


 

Heike Kurtz  Identity Verified
Germany
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Fully agree Oct 6, 2009

Nobody can be always available. Everyone has a right to eat, sleep and be free sometimes.

Are your customers always available, e.g. at night or on Sundays (or Fridays/Saturdays in many countries)?


 

Michael Harris  Identity Verified
Germany
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Flexible Oct 6, 2009

we are pretty much flexible as a family. If I have a lot to do and we decide to go out in the afternoon, then I work in the evening. My family know this and it is a bit of give and take. Sometimes I am not able to take a consecutive days off in a month and we solve everything in this way.
I just have to make sure that I keep to family events planned and work around them.


 

Charlie Bavington (X)  Identity Verified
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Assumption? Oct 6, 2009

Does this question not assume that I myself have first adopted the position that I "must always be available"?
I'm available a lot, but not "always"....icon_smile.gif

So, "Other" for me.


 

Marie-Hélène Hayles  Identity Verified
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Ditto Oct 6, 2009

Charlie Bavington wrote:

Does this question not assume that I myself have first adopted the position that I "must always be available"?
I'm available a lot, but not "always"....icon_smile.gif

So, "Other" for me.


 

Mary Worby  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
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Agree Oct 6, 2009

Charlie Bavington wrote:

Does this question not assume that I myself have first adopted the position that I "must always be available"?
I'm available a lot, but not "always"....icon_smile.gif

So, "Other" for me.


I must not always be available either. My family understands that sometimes I work irregular hours, but we work around each other pretty well.


 

Jocelyne S  Identity Verified
France
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Another "other" Oct 6, 2009

My partner understands that my work occasionally means long or unconventional hours, but I am certainly not "always available." As a general rule, I keep regular business hours and my customers and family understand this.

Although I enjoy what I do, I will not let work rule my life!

Best,
Jocelyne


 

Lori Cirefice  Identity Verified
France
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French to English
Other Oct 6, 2009

Who says that I must always be available? But yes, my family is usually pretty understanding about my odd hours.

 

vixen  Identity Verified
Greece
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Another ditto/agree/other Oct 6, 2009

Like the others above, I don't have to available all the time.
My husband does not always like it when, on occasion, I have to work very late because of a deadline, but that's just due to my own planning, or lack thereof.icon_wink.gif


 

Steffen Walter  Identity Verified
Germany
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Other / work-life balance Oct 6, 2009

In line with the previous commentators, I strongly believe that a healthy work-life balance is called for even in a freelance setting, which is why I also voted "Other". Whilst there may be irregular hours to be worked on some occasions, such as late in the evening or the occasional Saturday/Sunday, I also try to cut this down to a minimum.

Steffen


 

Cecilia Civetta  Identity Verified
Italy
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Other Oct 6, 2009

I needn't always be available.
Cheersicon_smile.gif
Cecilia


 

JOHN WINDER  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
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AWARENESS OF THE FREELANCE LIFESTYLE Oct 6, 2009

Having worked in the educational sector for a long time with its rigid timetables and fixed holidays, the freedom and flexibility of the freelance lifestyle is something I very much enjoy. Former colleagues sometimes have an idealised view of my current lifestyle, believing that I work just when I want to and I can be free to meet them in their holidays at the drop of a hat. I find that if I am as busy as I like to be I need to plan holidays and longer social activities a little way in advance. I am not sure whether everybody in salaried employment understands this.

 

Iris Shalev  Identity Verified
Israel
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Can't Oct 6, 2009

With two children, I can't and don't want to be 'always available'.

 

Gianni Pastore  Identity Verified
Italy
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Member (2007)
English to Italian
Poll misunderstood, I believe Oct 6, 2009

The question is "do your friend of family make a fuss when you let them down because of a sudden job?"

My answer: yes, my friends do not always understand that I have to spend the night working rather than going out with them.

G


 
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