How seasoned FSDs avoid taking the job home

By 
Dana Moran, Managing Editor

work home life

Zia Ahmed swears that he tries not to talk about work when he goes home for the night. But sometimes it just can’t be helped—after all, his wife and sons are huge Ohio State University sports fans.

“They love it,” the senior director of dining services at the Columbus, Ohio, university says. “But at the same time, I’m very disciplined. If they don’t ask me about [work], I just don’t talk about it.”

Ahmed admits his work-life situation is unique, but because of the strong connections to both their employees and diners, many operators struggle with leaving work behind at the door—and with whether to constantly check email once they’ve left for the day.

FoodService Director spoke to a handful about their work-life balance tips.

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