HR can help to solve the work-life crisis

By Barbara Moses
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 04/07/2003

Five years ago I had a year from hell.

My mother, who was living by herself in Montreal, was in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease. I spent that year alternating between endless hours on the telephone on hold, trying to decipher instructions of beleaguered doctors who never had more than a nanosecond to answer my questions, and jumping on an airplane at a moment’s notice to do crisis intervention.

I was fortunate — I had a work-at-home spouse, extremely capable subcontractors to whom I could subcontract work with a day’s notice, sensitive clients, and most importantly, I was self-employed. I could not have survived that year if I had had a nine-to-five — or should I say, a 24/7 — job.