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CURRENTS Article Advice on how to respond to inappropriate comments from donors; and tricks to digitally unplug.

Family Matters
CURRENTS Article For busy advancement officers, the line between their professional and personal lives blurs easily and often. Alumni relations staff frequently work evenings and weekends; development officers can travel several times a month to visit donors; social media directors monitor, respond, and post content 24/7. In a recent work-life balance survey, 68 percent of advancement professionals reported working 45 hours or more per week, and 30 percent said that work often interferes with their personal lives. These unpredictable schedules can take a toll on families. So how can you align your personal and professional relationships in a healthy way? Here's how to stay married to your partner and not wedded to your job.

Advancement’s Work Is Never Done
CURRENTS Article Worker burnout is one of the lingering side effects of the Great Recession as organizations continue do more with less. Advancement is no exception. Development consultant Karen Osborne shares work-life balancing strategies that vice presidents and foundation leaders use, or should use, to manage their time and minimize staff and volunteer fatigue.

Odd and Ends: Working with Words
CURRENTS Article This is a Q-and-A column with Will Shortz, crossword editor of The New York Times and NPR puzzle master.

Acto de equilibrio
CURRENTS Article Este artículo analiza los esfuerzos que colegios, universidad y escuelas independientes han hecho para ayudar a sus empleados a lograr un equilibrio entre su vida y el trabajo, y de cómo los esfuerzos se han expandido de tal forma que han incluido áreas de salud y bienestar dentro de las instituciones. También se analizan las dificultades que siguen existiendo en la implementación de programas, incluyendo el cambio de mentalidad para darse cuenta de que no llevar un equilibrio entre la vida y el trabajo afecta a todos. El artículo incluye los resultados del “2011 CASE Compensation Survey regarding benefits offered at respondents' institutions.”

Balancing Act
CURRENTS Article This article looks at the efforts that colleges, universities, and independent schools have made to help employees improve their work-life balance, how advancement employees see the issue in general as well as within their respective institutions, and how efforts have expanded to include areas such as health and wellness. It also examines what challenges remain in implementing programs, including changing the mindset to realize that work-life balance issues affect everyone. The article includes results from the 2011 CASE Compensation Survey regarding benefits offered at respondents' institutions.

Career Path: The Mommy Track
CURRENTS Article A director of university relations finds a better fit at her institution when the birth of her second child makes her want to slow the pace a bit.

Work in Progress: Get on Top of Your Work Stress
CURRENTS Article Work stress builds, and before you know it you're experiencing health problems and job burnout. The good news is that you don't have to spend hours in the gym. The article describes stretches you can do at your desk in a few minutes and reap the benefits.

Manager's Portfolio: Defeating "Overwhelm"
CURRENTS Article Everyone seems to be suffering from a daily feeling of being overwhelmed. We feel overwhelmed when we do too much, too fast. This article provides tips on how to say “no” and keep firm boundaries because none of us are superman or superwoman.

Career Path: Feel the Burnout
CURRENTS Article No employee is immune to burnout, an occupational hazard that can threaten the mental and physical health of employees at every level, within every advancement office, and at every type of institution. This column, an adaptation of Audiovision’s “Easy 1” information guide, “Burnout & Job-stress,” identifies the conditions that cause burnout--among them work overload and unfair treatment--and suggests simple strategies workers can employ to minimize their job stress and prevent burnout.

Career Path: Partners in Time
CURRENTS Article This column examines life in a dual-CAO household--the challenges, the benefits, and the strategies working parents in advancement must employ to maintain a work-life balance. The author reflects on his relationship with his wife, also a chief advancement officer, and explains how they have leveraged their life partnership into a business partnership. He also discusses some of the challenges they have faced and how they keep their family life front and center.

Closing Remarks: Married to the Job
CURRENTS Article Collins reflects on the ups and downs of being married to another advancement officer.

Closing Remarks: Feng Shui at Work
CURRENTS Article A former CASE board member tells how rearranging her office helped her reassess her professional goals.

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