Isn’t it rare to find a team that respects their time off as much as they respect the days at work? Over time, these are the companies that people choose to work with. It is a decision driven not by money or motive, but by that elusive parameter that so many companies try hard, and fail, to get right- satisfaction.
Recently, we met someone who wanted to take up an exciting new opportunity but didn’t have to quit her job.
“Just last month, I took time off for personal reasons, and yet, when I wanted to take up this project, they were happy to let me be.” She was a full-time designer and the freelance project would allow her to work on a new product launch and a new software tool. The company was wise enough to see it as a trusted team member picking up valuable new skills.
Who is an engaged employee? Is it someone who spends ten working hours every day and agrees to come in on Sundays too? Is it that employee who is always eager to please? In the simplest of terms, an engaged employee is one who always delivers. These are people who appreciate their role in the company and see what their absence means to the team. They do this because they have been given an opportunity to be present to something else, to live an alternative life.
Setting Them Free
Whether you are managing baby-boomers or GenX or millennials, everyone is now working in a world of opportunities. The gig economy is appealing, especially when you are tied down to one employer. So, if you genuinely love and care for your employees, it is time to take the leap of faith.
Have any of you tried this already? Would love to know how it's worked out for you. Horror stories included!