Back to Work

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Celebrating Christmas, for me, was wonderful!  I took PTO from Tuesday-Friday of last week.  Mainly had plans to do nothing but visit with
friends and enjoy my family.  On Tuesday morning, I took the boys to daycare, stopped by Donut Joes got an apple fritter, came home had breakfast and then…fired up the computer. My intentions on the computer were not to check Facebook or my personal email, but to do some work before my true time off began.

Honestly I have to tell you, taking time away from work without working is kind of hard for me.  I initially had intentions of doing three things and then moving on.  After an hour of working my email and other things after I finished my three things, I gave myself a shake and refocused…on nothing.  That’s right, I said nothing.  I’m on vacation!

I logged out of my email and close other documents.  I then searched online for a couple of Wii games and started my day of visiting friends.  The only thing is that the friends that I visited were friends from Daxko.  Two close friends recently had babies and I wanted to spend some time with them when I actually had some time.  Yes, we talked about work, if only for a few minutes in the midst of diapers, no sleep, feeding, and funny faces.

Ok, I am going to stop thinking about work.  But as I drive down the road I check my email on my blackberry.


I really and truly enjoyed my time out of the office. I loved watching my boys open their presents, the good food and laughs with family, and the rest.  Believe me, I did!  But I never really let go of work.  Is that a problem? I really just wanted to keep up to date on what is going on at work.  I didn’t reply to many emails. I had to force myself not to check my email when looking at my phone.

I will tell you this, once I finally forgot about my phone, I really, REALLY enjoyed my family. I was able to fully see and hear those cute dances, remarks, and fights over toys between brothers, cousins and family. It was great!

Now, back to work for me, at least until Friday when we are off for New Year’s Day.  We’ll see how I do with email then.

Work, volunteer, family… I don’t have the time!

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They teach you to have extracurricular activities in high school.  It’s supposed to look good on college applications.  Then, they tell you to be involved in college.  I have seen resumes that state “maintained full-time job while attending school”. Again, this is supposed to help you get a job because you are well-rounded.  But no one ever held a class on what to do when you have a job, plus volunteer work, plus a family, not to mention church, hobbies, and other activities.

So what now? Explain to your boss how important these other activities are to you, and hope that he allows you to take an hour or two here and there to attend to other matters? Sacrifice time with family in order to get the job done? Or only focus on work and family? Or just family? Or just work? This can be a very confusing debate for a Nu Professional.

In the HR arena, “work-life balance” is definitely a buzz word.  At the 2009 SHRM National Conference, Jack Welch stated that work-life balance is a personal choice.  There seem to be multiple articles coming out every month with new studies on how employers should provide this balance in order to keep their employees happy.

I think that it boils down to what you, the Nu Professional, wants. Here are some suggested steps for balancing your life.

  1. Set Goals – I am a big – no HUGE – proponent for writing down short-term and long-term goals. Determine what you want to accomplish, then go to step two.
  2. Get a Map – Decide how you want to accomplish your goals.  One of the better ways is to find a mentor that is already there and follow the trail they have already blazed.  You may choose different landmarks to visit and places to see, but something they did obviously worked.  They’re already there.
  3. Recruit a Cheerleader – Be it your mentor, parents, friend, spouse, or children.  Whoever is in your life has to understand what you are trying to do and be on the same team as you.  (Note: You’ll avoid many “discussions” with your significant other if you’re on the same page from the start.)
  4. Take a hint from Nike and “Just Do It” – It’s up to you and only you to make it happen.  It will not be easy. You will make mistakes. And you will make enemies. But it’s not about them – it’s about YOU.

I am in the process of reading 10-10-10 by Suzy Welch.  It is supposed to be a great book on how to successfully manage your life.  I will let you know how it turns out.  In the meantime, if you’ve read it or have suggestions for us Nu Professionals, hit me with a comment.

Hitting the "Reset" Button – via the DAXKO Sabbatical

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DAXKO’s always on the lookout for team members’ health and well-being.  Whether it’s nutritious snacks around the office, friendly (or not so friendly) fitness competitions, or free flu shots, DAXKO’s got our back when it comes to living healthier.  That includes our mental health, too.

Everyone needs a break every now and again.  DAXKO understands that and offers a 4-week paid sabbatical for team members who’ve put in 7
years with the company.  Jealous, huh?  The intent… unplug from work and recharge your battery.  The rule… NO WORK!  That means no email and no phone calls into the office.  We don’t want to hear from you for one whole month.  Period.

Here’s the experience of our CFO, who recently returned from his first sabbatical…

“I used my sabbatical to hit the ‘reset’ button.  After 9 years of intense work at DAXKO, I was fairly wound up.  The first part of my sabbatical, my wife and I just headed south by car along the eastern shore of Florida.  After a restful break in Key West, we headed back up the western shore of Florida.  We spent the second part of my sabbatical in Isla Mujeres, Mexico gobbling up fresh seafood.  Here’s what we experienced:

  • Snorkeling and kayaking in the Caribbean Sea
  • Seeing wildlife ranging from wild boars and iguanas to manatees and barracudas
  • Exploring the Kennedy Space Center
  • Watching a fireworks show over Disney World
  • Exploring the island of Isla Mujeres via a gas-powered golf cart
  • Feeding an iguana
  • Waking up at sunrise without an alarm clock for a whole month
  • Watching numerous sunsets
  • Visiting with friends and family in Florida
  • Visiting our parents and grandparents who we don’t see nearly enough
  • Eating more fresh seafood than I have ever  had in my life (octopus carpaccio with habanero slices, anyone?)
  • And even knocking out some long overdue projects at home