This week, as many folks in the Midwest and on the East Coast suffer through sub-zero temperatures, our own Scott Hanson will be enjoying 70-degree weather and playing baseball with a bunch of other (mainly) adult males at Diamondbacks Fantasy Camp.
Yep, each year, Scott takes off a full week to don a Diamondbacks uniform and play ball rather than don a suit and tie and come to the office.
And you know what? This annual week off is one of the best things he can do for our company culture.
No, we aren’t sick of him. And no, we mice are not at (that much) play while the cat is away.
It’s a widely published fact that “work-life balance” has been shown to benefit most businesses’ bottom lines. Recent research shows that as many as 30 percent of employees in organizations that are not perceived to support work-life balance plan to leave within the next two years.
But while a business can act as if it supports the work-life balance concept by providing flexible hours and telecommuting options to those who need it, if the leaders within an organization are workaholics – coming in every weekend, never taking time off when sick and taking pride in not planning a vacation in a decade – their often-younger teammates might be intimated to do anything but work around the clock as well.
Team leaders perceived as “successful” in business by their staff – whether they know it or not – are the walking, talking blueprint for achievement to the younger generation. Showing tomorrow’s leaders that “life” is just as important as “work” – and there is a way to balance both – is among the most important lessons veteran business leaders can teach to their teams.