Archive for April, 2014
Let’s face it; having a team of workaholics can be intoxicating. Your team’s operating at a high level, making major accomplishments, being recognized… what’s not to love? The problem is that it isn’t sustainable. Sooner or later, and most often sooner, your team will hit a wall. Burnout happens, resentment happens, and ultimately high turnover happens. Unless you are running a team solely money-motivated and compensated on their performance (i.e. a sales department), it is nearly impossible to keep a happy team if it has no work/life balance.
This is counter-intuitive isn’t it? We want workaholics. We want our team to be available 24/7 and ready to drop anything for work. We want the 34% of employed Americans who do not take all of their vacation days. That’s dedication… right? We love dedication. So too does Hallmark as there is a National Workaholics Day (July 5th)…. what do you get someone who is a workaholic? A day off, a third smart phone?