Director of Solutions Consulting and Customer Success
2015 was a year chock-full of media about employee emotion. With accusations against Amazon for their exploitation of employees and the societal push from’work-life balance’ to ‘work-life integration’; employers are taking significant risks to ensure that their professional demands align with your personal needs.
“employers are taking significant risks to ensure that their professional demands align with your personal needs.”
This is great! By now I hope we can all agree that achieving happiness in the workplace involves prioritizing what makes the most sense for your lifestyle. BUT, with all nice things come people who just have to go and ruin it for everyone else:
The equation is simple: get things done = do whatever you want. At a minimum, this means completing all of your responsibilities at the highest quality. This includes the work you do, the attitude you have and the advice/guidance you provide. It includes adding value to your company and being there for your team when they need you. You define what ‘done’ means. It has no concept of time. It doesn’t have to happen from 9–5 and on other days it will happen from 8–8.
“At a minimum, this means completing all of your responsibilities at the highest quality.”
When you are done for the day go hiking, go to the gym, read a book, meet someone for a long lunch, start a new hobby, beat the traffic, do what makes you happy. If you have things to do in the day ahead but it’s not urgent — take the morning to have some fun, spend time with your kids or go out to breakfast. If you have a lot to do — go get it done — maybe work from home half the day.
The moral of the story is that you should ABSOLUTELY do what makes you happy whether it means working flexible hours or working from home. Just please make sure you get your sh*t done.
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