The Importance of Work-life Balance
With mental health at the forefront of conversation, one thing we highly value at Teldio is proper work-life balance. What do we mean by this? We want our employees to value their work and their jobs but do not want them sacrificing personal or family time in the process. We strive to ensure every member of our team does not put their personal life on the backburner for the sake of their job but treat both as important aspects of their life.
How We Try to Achieve Work-life Balance at Teldio
We try to achieve this in many ways as we understand what may work for one employee does not work for another. Here are some of the ways we try and help our employees achieve work-life balance.
- Flexible work hours: At Teldio employees are able to set a work schedule that best fits their personal life. Some of our employees are in the office bright and early so they can pick their child up from daycare after work and others come in later in the day so they can spend their mornings as they wish. We all put in the same amount of work just at the hours that suit our lives best.
- Ability to work remotely: Our employees have the ability to work from home (or anywhere they may need) when necessary. Catching an early flight in another city? Work the day before in that city to save you some stress. Have an appointment in the afternoon? Work the remainder of the day from home. We understand that working in an office 9-5, Monday to Friday is not always conducive to getting the best work completed and is not always the best solution for our employees.
- Company outings: Another aspect of work-life balance that we believe is important is taking the time to have fun as a team. To turn off our computers and get to know each other better. Whether it be a team lunch or an escape room, we find that getting the team out of the office together helps to create a more happy and cohesive team. We strongly believe in promoting work-life balance in and out of the office.
- Personal days: Having a rough week? Is there a lot going on in your personal life? We completely understand. Our employees are able to take personal days when needed with complete understanding. We know that sometimes you just need a day for yourself and we encourage that throughout our team.
- Community engagement: As a team, we try to get involved in our Kanata North community as much as possible. From fundraising events, such as Nokia’s Inside Ride supporting the Candlelighters Foundation, or attending events at L-Spark. We believe it is important to get out in our community and give back. This year we are looking to increase our volunteering and fundraising as it helps not only the community but our employees as well.
- Vacation time: At Teldio you don’t only get vacation time but are encouraged to use all of your vacation time as well. We also believe that when you are on vacation you should shut off from work. This includes turning off your email (which can seem difficult nowadays) but we strongly encourage it.
The Importance of Work-Life Balance – How Our Co-Founder Utilized the 4 + 1 Workweek
In 2017 our Co-Founder, Mark Dabrowski, presented a talk at TEDxKanata about the 4 + 1 workweek and how it immensely benefited him and his work-life balance. Mark talks about the idea that work should be more than just a paycheck and full dental benefits, and that pursuing your passion is just as important.
Three of the most important things to employees are the quality of management, the quality of the manager and the opportunity to learn and grow. With job-hopping on the rise, companies are lucky to have employees stay 5 years with most planning to stay less than 2. Ping pong tables, latte machines, and beer are great but that isn’t what employees truly find important. Mark explains one of the ways Teldio listened to him and his needs for a better work-life balance.
Hack Days But With a Twist
Mark got to a point in his career where he was becoming unmotivated, unproductive, and slowing down the team around him. Work was becoming something he looked forward to less and less, and this was not because he hated his job but because he wanted something more.
Mark has always had a desire to protect the environment in any way he could so he found a local non-profit whose vision was to get locals more involved in the protection of our lakes and streams by getting them to go out and get samples themselves. So Mark began working with them but with a full-time job, he could only dedicate nights and weekends to the non-profit. After a while, this did not lead to a good work-life balance, so Mark figured his only option was to quit his full-time job and work with the non-profit to follow his passion. Mark worked up the courage and talked to his manager about how he was feeling and that he believed it was best for him to move on.
The Birth of the 4 + 1 Workweek
But something unexpected happened, instead of just letting Mark go, his manager worked with him to find a solution that would help him achieve a greater work-life balance. Here began the 4 + 1 workweek. Mark would stay with the company working 4 days a week and could dedicate one full day to the non-profit. This simple adjustment completely changed everything for Mark, he finally became happy and productive again, and some coworkers even said how they were happy to have the old Mark back. This is all because Mark’s passion was being fulfilled by the non-profit allowing him to focus back on his work.
As we are driving change over the next 100 years, managers should listen to the passions and desires of their employees and gift them that one day a week to learn a new skill, work on a side project, volunteer for a non-profit or charity, or even just spend more time with family. We hope this leads to less job-hopping, more productive and engaged employees, and most importantly a more fulfilled and happy society.
Watch his full TEDxKanata talk in the video below.