December 1, 2019, The Writ, “Millennial Minute”

The holiday season has arrived.  Holiday parties, fundraising galas, the kids’ holiday schedules and family obligations have all been calendared. But what would the holiday season be without last minute client demands to close their merger/acquisition, file their complaint, finish their estate plan or complete their task before year end?

Last November/December was my first holiday season as a licensed attorney.  As I naively entered the winter months wondering how large a turkey I would make, when would be “too soon” to begin listening to holiday music and whether my sister would fly into town for a visit, little did I know those thoughts would abruptly be replaced with projects and quickly approaching deadlines.  After receiving the response, “oh, I never take time off during the holiday season,” during discussions with my co-workers, I quickly realized year-end projects were the new holiday reality.

As I approach this holiday season, a bit less naïve than the last, I find myself analogizing professionals’ reluctance or inability to take time off and the added pressures of family time during the holidays, to year-round cultural norms surrounding expectations while on vacation. In light of our Washoe County Bar Association President, Holly Parker’s recent insight into the importance of a work-life balance, I find myself questioning, when did it become the norm that family time and obligations became the pressure and added stress to our work schedules and not the other way around? Has it always been this way?  To read the entire article click here.

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