How to Create a Proper Work-Life Balance While Maintaining Strong Work Relationships

June 1, 2023
Greg Crumpton


In a world where the average American spends over one-third of their life at work, it’s essential to maintain a high quality in workplace relationships. Today’s fast-paced environment necessitates strong, resilient connections that can withstand the pressures of rapidly evolving technology, constant deadlines, and high-stake projects. Research indicates that maintaining strong workplace relationships leads to increased productivity, better communication, and even improved job satisfaction. Yet, many professionals struggle with establishing and maintaining these valuable connections.

So, how can one navigate the complexities of the modern work environment while fostering solid professional relationships? How can the elusive work-life balance be achieved in a world that increasingly blurs these boundaries? These are the questions Straight Outta Crumpton’s Greg Crumpton and Gabrielle Bar explore in this episode.

In this enlightening conversation, Crumpton and Bar welcome guest Carlos Valdez, Safety Manager at Capitol Boiler Works, Inc., to share his wisdom on building and maintaining strong relationships in a fast-paced work environment.

Key points discussed in the episode include:

  • Valdez’s journey in the construction industry, from a glazer to a safety manager, and how he leverages opportunities for growth
  • How effective communication and understanding people can help with maintaining strong work relationships
  • Balancing professional pursuits with personal life and how the two can coexist without overlapping

Carlos Valdez is the Safety Manager at Capitol Boiler Works, Inc. Originally from Detroit, Valdez began his construction career as a glazer and gradually climbed the ladder to become a senior project manager. He took a leap of faith when he transitioned into safety management, a field he knew little about, to work on the construction of the MGM Grand in Maryland. With continuous learning and adaptability as his guiding principles, he has become a crucial part of the Capitol Boiler Works team, contributing significantly to the safety and success of their projects. Carlos is recognized for his professional prowess and ability to connect with people, making him a highly respected figure in the industry.

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