I’ve been thinking a lot about work/life balance and company culture lately. Perhaps just because I am truly so thankful for mine.
Real talk: My life is coo-coo for Cocoa Puffs.
I’m a Creative Director at a busy startup. I’m a wife to a handsome, supportive, funny, charming firefighter who's totally reading this and who works 24-hour shifts three nights a week. And I’m a mom to three kids five and under, the youngest five and a half months and still super dependent on me physically.
It’s… A LOT.
But the one thing that makes it so much better is the support I have at work. Our team at Excelerate America has families and understands that babies get ear infections, kindergarteners come down with the flu, and then you come down with the flu, and school gets closed due to snow, and then you lose power in frigid winter temps and have to go spend the night at your mom’s house and therefore will be even later the next morning after getting the circus back home and on track.
Oh yeah, this all legit happened to me in the span of two weeks.
Did I mention we had also a mice problem at the same time?
So the fact that I am surrounded by a culture that understands and embraces a work/life balance makes these inevitable hiccups so much easier to get through. But while I am beyond fortunate and have this great situation I STILL feel a ton of guilt and frustration when it comes to getting what I want and need to get done for my job. I also feel that much more determined and focused on kicking ass and being the best for my team.
That’s why work/life balance is so important. It keeps employees engaged and happy and sane (at least somewhat in my case!).
Today’s changing work landscape really gives companies large and small an amazing opportunity to nurture their employees in-and-out of the office like never before, and in really simple ways.
Here are a few:
These are just a few simple ways you can nurture awesome an work/life balance ethos within your organization. It's something that you can't afford to ignore. Because, as Rachel Carlson put it, "By being really focused on having the right work culture, you can attract a different type of talent."