“I would love to offer more flexibility, but I need people onsite to get work done.”
This is one of the most common statements I hear when managers attend one of my workplace flexibility seminars. For me, it can present a sticky situation since every work environment is different. While I don’t know your institution’s “face-time quotient” to ensure objectives are being met, I can ask one very simple question that can help move the work-life conversation along: what are your deliverables? To rephrase: what are the key results you expect from your employee(s)?
If we know the results that are expected, then we can properly analyze if flex or alternative arrangements are appropriate for a position. Herein lies the problem – both managers and employees don’t always know what the deliverables are, therefore, when a work-life conversation comes up, it becomes difficult to make a strong case for or against flexibility and even more difficult to create a work plan that seems to be win-win.
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I marched into my boss’s office poised, calm, and dedicated to my decision. I couldn’t take it any longer. It’s 2018 and I was in a work environment that was barbaric and absolutely opposite of everything I knew work-life balance was about. It didn’t take me long to blurt out “I quit!” My boss replied with the typical: “why?”
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“Daddy, I want to join a wrestling class!”
One of the joys of being a parent is watching your child develop interests and habits. When my son Alessio told me that he wanted to wrestle I was overjoyed. I wasn’t even aware he liked wrestling until that moment. After establishing that wrestling was not going to be filled with body slams, DDTs, and chair shots like on TV we agreed to continue with the process and research schools in the area.
We ended up visiting two schools to gauge fit. It was in trying out schools that I was reminded of three simple principles that every organization should be incorporating if they seek to be an inclusive and high-performance work environment. These observations came to me simply by noticing the stark difference between the Green (school we didn’t chose) and Blue (School we did choose) wrestling schools. Continue reading “3 Team-building Lessons I Learned Through Wrestling School”
My family and I just finished a lovely vacation in Traverse City, Michigan. It was a much needed break from the grind and for us marked a commitment to taking more vacation/family time. Over the course of our vacation, I was reminded of 3 work-life lessons that are an essential practice if we want to avoid burnout and enhance our overall life-satisfaction. They are:
1) It’s ok to put work away. For the better part of a week I turned everything off and focused on the family. I had intended to finish writing my first book The Two Year Old’s Guide to Work-Life Balance” but quickly opted to just enjoy the moments with the family, Continue reading “3 Simple Work-Life Lessons I Was Reminded of While on Vacation”