Work/Life Balance

It’s during this time of the year that I always think about a phrase you hear a lot around Target—Work/Life Balance. It really is a great time of the year; one where you can spend quality time with family and friends, attend holiday parties, and go sledding at the neighborhood hill. However; I consistently hear from my friends and family who think I am at my store from open to close, seven days a week, and they think I’m only making it through this time of the year with caffeine and a prayer. Not true!

It really is amazing how much consideration my manager puts into me maintaining a balance of my work life and personal life during this busy time, and that translates into how I help my team be able to enjoy the season too. We do our best to stick to scheduling basics—5 days a week, maintain as normal a schedule as possible, ensure nobody has to close and then be back in the store right away in the morning. Also, we scheduled all our leaders to have off either the day before or the day after Christmas. That also includes me and I’m grateful for the extra time I get to spend with my family (they live 3 hours away, so it’s a little bit of a haul to get there and back—especially with winter driving conditions!)

While time away from work is important this year, it’s just as important to make our time at the store fun and engaging for our entire team– and my Leaders get really creative around this part! For example: Imagine my surprise when I walked into my office earlier this week and saw about 10 platters of cookies that one incredible leader baked for the entire team. My office turned into a gigantic cookie exchange, and while I don’t have the baking skills necessary to contribute my own baked goods, I was more than happy to partake in the peanut butter fudge. Sometimes, it’s as easy as buying a pizza for my executive team leaders like I did today for lunch– just an easy way to say “thank you” for a job well done this week.

I will be totally honest and say that it does get very busy around here and the hours sometimes can get a little longer, but I think my team and I all do a great job to hold each other accountable in ensuring we get home at a reasonable time. Because work/life balance is just that—a balancing act. If you spend a little longer at work one day, you should spend a little extra time outside of work on a different day. It’s pretty cool to work for a retail company that understands and promotes that!

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  • David Novak

    January 23rd, 2013

    Jeremy – please read this. Think you will be as disappointed as I was to hear this.

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    Really disappointed Target. You guys have been great for so long but you really let me down recently. Let me explain. Every year a group of people I know all get together and pool money at the holidays to buy some down on their luck families presents in the neighborhood. They went to Target in Manalapan, NJ with $1200 to spend this year. They were told that a coupon could be applied where they would also be able to get a $10 gift card for each $50 spent. They broke their spend into 20 smaller transactions to maximize the impact their donation may have for these families. When the group returned to the store to redeem the offer, the store wouldnt process it as promised. The store manager said he was going to call the main office but they havent heard from him in several weeks. Not even a contact to let them know what is going on. These people made a real difference in peoples lives. Brought a little joy to people who may have been stressed, depressed, and really not looking forward to the holidays. They dont do it to be famous, which is why Im leaving this message on their behalf, but they do it for the families that are less fortunate than their own. This was your chance to help them make that difference. They werent asking for special treatment just what they were told. As a loyal customer of yours, I am disheartened by what I heard and Im sure others will be as well. I really hope you take this message to heart and try to make things right. With your help, these people could do so many more great things for the families around them.

    Best regards,

    David
    Freehold, NJ

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  • elisa

    elisa

    January 24th, 2013

    Hi David,

    We are very sorry to hear about your negative experience at our store. I have sent on your comment to our Guest Service team for their review and consideration. Please feel free to follow up by email at Guest.Service@target.com if you would like to leave additional comments.

    Thank you,
    Target Careers

  • Art

    June 8th, 2013

    Hello,

    Im currently pursuing an opportunity with Target as an Executive Team Leader. I love Target as a company and admire the commitment it has to develop and train its leaders. However, my only concern about the position is the work/life balance. The turnover rate for new ETLs is very high and given that Target is a reputable and fun company to work for, my conclusion was that the work/life balance was to blame. Again, this is just an assumption but I’ve heard horror stories in forums and blogs. My main concern is that even though I would be doing a job that has many benefits and opportunity to grow, will it come at a cost of spending time away from my family, friends, and hobbies. Im a very active person and love to work-out so after working hard on my feet all day, would I have enough energy to continue on a health and wellness path thats very important to me. Worst of all, I heard that its not uncommon to work till 2-3am in the morning during the holiday seasons. I don’t mind hard work, but I do mind long hours. 10 hours is very reasonable, but 12-14 daily hours seems not only absurd but it’s unrealistic to expect someone to be productive after the 10 hours.

    Again, this is just a perception based on what iv’e heard and read. The recruiters were great and enthusiastic about the company. However, they did sugar coat the negatives about the job. I just need someone to be honest and tell me if work/life balance is really an issue for executives or is it simply the case for lazy and disgruntled employees. I would hate to miss out on enjoying my personal and social life at the expense of work. No matter how great the job might be.

    Your insight will be greatly appreciated it. I’m very confused as to what to do if I were to receive an offer. Money is not important to me, work/life balance is.

    Thank YOU.

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  • elisa

    elisa

    June 17th, 2013

    Hi Art-

    Thanks so much for your feedback and your comments! If you are interested in working as an executive team leader, we would suggest that you contact the HR manager at your local store to discuss your concerns. You can also find additional resources about our company culture at http://www.target.com/careers.

    Thank you!
    Elisa & the Target Careers team

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