Work-Life Balance

Conversation

After a quick greeting, use the following questions as a guideline to form an interesting conversation with your tutor. Feel free to diverge from these suggestions if anything interesting comes up.

  • Which would you choose: a high-paying job with long hours that would give you little time with family and friends or a lower-paying job with shorter hours that would give you more time with family and friends? Explain your choice, using specific reasons and details.
    • What benefits would come with a job with long hours?
    • What benefits would come with a job with shorter hours?
    • What does it mean to have a work-life balance?

Vocabulary

Skip this section if you have 15 minute plan. Read the word/expression and definition out loud, and your tutor will go over anything you do not understand. Practice creating a sentence or two to make sure you know how to use the word/expression properly.

Vocabulary/ Expressions

Expression Definition
evaluation (n) an estimation of something’s worth
The employees provided an evaluation of how well they were taken care of.
well-being (n) the state of being comfortable, taken care of
Their employee’s well-being was something the company took seriously. 
balanced (adj) keeping good proportions
Since she worked convenient hours, she could keep her work and family life balanced.
overwhelmed (adj) feeling too much of an emotion
With his multiple jobs and trying to raise a family, he was quickly overwhelmed.
prioritize (v) designate as more important
She could better prioritize her responsibilities with a calendar.
value (v) consider something to be of importance
His family was something he greatly valued
pull through (expression) make it through a difficult situation
She knew she could pull through this difficult working shift.
kiss up to (expression) try to get the favor of someone
To get more vacation days, he wanted to kiss up to his boss.
lash out (expression) react angrily
In exhaustion, he was tempted to lash out at his family.
work your fingers to the bone (expression) work on something with great intensity and at great cost
He was going to work his fingers to the bone since he never took a break. 

Something Extra

Read the following quote out loud.

“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.”
― Confucius

Wrap-up

Go over any new expressions or vocabulary that you learned today.

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