IEEE-USA’s February Free eBook to Members Gives Guidance in Understanding Work-Life Balance

By Sharon Richardson

In February, IEEE-USA will offer free to IEEE members — Work-Life Balance: Book 1 — by Peggy G. Hutcheson.

Hutcheson writes that “Work-life balance is a state of control, achievement and satisfaction in your life. It means that you have a sense of being able to make choices that fit for you, given your current situation and your goals. It also means that you align your choices with those things that are important to you in life, so that you are able to enjoy a sense of satisfaction from the choices you have made. Work-life balance includes more than time. It includes feeling good about your level of involvement– in both your work and non-work roles.”

In Work Life Balance ” Book 1, Hutcheson gives a few examples of what it means to struggle with balancing those things we are committed to doing, the things we are obligated to do, and those things we really want to do — and she asks the reader “How Balanced  are You?” This section of the e-book offers readers a Work-Life Balance Check-Up Chart. Once completed, the reader will have a better understanding of their work-life balance issues. Hutcheson shares that, even if you are generally well-balanced in your life, “it is up to you to decide just which of the choices you are making are contributing to the goal of having a sense of control, achievement, or satisfaction in life.”

This e-book also explores the “Impact of Being out of Balance.”  Hutcheson highlights stress as a contributing factor, which can actually help a person to perform better in the short-term. But she emphasizes that chronic stress can disable a person’s ability to cope — and the results are associated with alcoholism and/or substance abuse, headaches, high blood pressure, digestive problems, irritability, depression, difficulty managing anger, loss of memory, sleeplessness, increased defensiveness, and lack of focus, for instance.

In the final chapter, Hutcheson gives helpful suggestions on how to “Increase Work-life Balance,” along with a reminder that work-life balance will not happen in a single day, and that readers should be realistic about goals,  focusing on what is most important, along the way.

Work-Life Balance: Book 1 can be downloaded at for free to IEEE members. The price is $5.99 for Non-Members.


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In March, IEEE-USA E-books will offer free to IEEE members:  Technical Presentations ” Book 4: Effective Visual Aids by Nita Patel.

Given that individuals gather, learn and retain information differently, presenters need to incorporate multiple methods of communicating information during a presentation. Visual aids can provide strong visual tools and increase the audience’s retention of your core message. In Technical Presentations ” Book 4: Effective Visual Aids, Patel gives guidance on how to supplement your presentation with effective PowerPoint slides, or other visual aids.

Call for Authors

IEEE-USA E-books seek authors to write an e-book, or an e-book series, on career guidance and development topics. If you have an e-book idea that will benefit members on a particular topic of expertise, email your proposal to IEEE-USA Publishing Manager Georgia C. Stelluto at, and IEEE-USA E-Book Chair Gus Gaynor at


Sharon Richardson is IEEE-USA’s Publishing & Communications coordinator.

Guest Contributor

IEEE-USA is an organizational unit of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. (IEEE), created in 1973 to support the career and public policy interests of IEEE’s U.S. members. IEEE-USA is primarily supported by an annual assessment paid by U.S. IEEE Members.

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