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Work AND Play

Many adults grew up to believe we should operate from OR thinking. I can have cake OR ice cream. I can do what I love, OR chase financial success.

At Share On Purpose we believe in AND. We believe you can do what you love AND accelerate career success. We also believe that you can BOTH work AND play.

How you ask? By focusing on 3 key components:

  • Do what you love: Your passions are there for a reason. Although it’s unrealistic to think you will do what you love every day, it’s NOT improbable to think that the majority of your career should be enjoyable. If you don’t love what you do most of the time, rethink your career. Work with your manager or a coach to define what it is that you do enjoy. You can do what you love, if you first believe that you can. Once you have the belief, simply take steps to align your career goals with what you enjoy doing.

At Share On Purpose, not only do we believe in this philosophy, but we work hard to align our associates’ careers with their passions. It’s not always easy, and it does take a concerted effort, but it’s a critical part of our guiding principles and culture.

  • Love what you do: Once your career has migrated to doing more of what you love, it’s now your responsibility to love what you do. Find ways to make work fun. Bring a game-mindset to work. Invent fun ways to challenge yourself and your team. Remind yourself that joy should be part of your daily life, rather than something you seek only on the weekends.

We get stuck in our careers, because we chose to be stuck. We always have control over our perspective and the resulting attitudes and beliefs we carry. Work on your perspective. By looking for ways to make work fun, you will be focused on the fun, rather than the work, and this will enhance success. Another great way to change your perspective is to start every day by making a list of what you are grateful for. Find people in your life that you appreciate and take time to tell them what it is specifically, that you appreciate about them. A simple text of appreciation can make a big difference in both your lives. Tips for an appreciative mindset here.

  • Find balance: The last component of work AND play is balance. There are numerous studies that prove that work/life balance is not only a worthwhile goal, but actually improves performance. Balance is about taking the time to spend moments with the people who are important to you, and to partake in activities and hobbies that you enjoy. For a fulfilled life, we should work to live, rather than live to work.

What I’ve learned about driven people is that they struggle with balance, not necessarily because of their employer’s culture, but because of their own high standards and drive. I used to be one of those people. My personal standards were so high, that I would work myself into the ground. Needless to say, this type of obsession didn’t make me a fun leader to work for, nor an enjoyable person to be around. I knew that for life to be different, I had to change my approach. I had to change my perspective about balance and build it into our culture.

At Share On Purpose we have a driven culture, but also value work/life balance. As a result, we incorporated several strategies to support our driven leaders.

  • We start meetings late (after 9:30AM) on Mondays and stop work in the early afternoon (around 3PM) on Fridays. This allows our team members to ease into the weekend on Fridays, and ease out of the weekend on Mondays. It also makes the weekends feel longer.
  • We also encourage every team member to take a 4 or 5-day weekends every quarter to recharge their “batteries.” It doesn’t mean that you have to go away during that time, but simply “unplugging” is essential.
  • In addition to standard vacation time, we also reward employees’ tenure and incentivize balance with bonus time-off every few years. For example, at 3 years of tenure, employees are given an extra 2 weeks off, plus $250 to spend on a vacation. At 5 years of tenure, employees are given an extra 4 weeks off, plus $250 to spend on a vacation.

So, if you don’t love what you do, and if you want MORE out of life, maybe try to learn how to look for the AND, rather than the OR in your career.

And, if these principles sound like a culture that you would find meaningful, check out our open positions. We do have very high standards, but quite frankly, that is part of what makes it fun!

 

Life Happens 24/7, So Work Like It Does

We’ve heard that even in salaried positions, most professionals feel like they have to punch a time clock. You have to ask for time off to go to the doctor. If you want to take a long lunch to catch up with a college friend in town, you have to ask permission.

I don’t know about you, but at Share On Purpose, we feel like this kind of oversight is old school management, not designed for next generation professionals.

At most companies, the concept of work/life balance is to work eight-plus hours a day (usually an 8-5 regiment), and the time after 5PM is your time to handle life duties and schedule fun activities. Why do most managers think that life is only meant to be lived AFTER 5 PM?

Work Success Should Be Results-based, Not Time-based

If you’re frustrated with the 8-5 foolishness, it’s probably because you know that time worked has nothing to do with results gained. So, isn’t it time to be treated like an adult? Isn’t it time to be compensated based on results, rather than time spent in a cube?

At Share On Purpose, we believe that professionals should be in charge of their own time. Other than pre-set company and client meetings, for the most part, our team members determine their own schedule. Each person gets to figure out his/her productivity cycle, whether a night owl or early bird. Need some extra time off for personal errands? No problem. Want to take a long lunch? Great! We treat our associates like adults, and expect each person to manage their time so that work gets done and team goals are met.

So, Now What?

If you’re tired of working a schedule, regardless of the need to get work done, the first step is to admit that an 8-5 schedule doesn’t meet your idea of work-life balance.

Second, if you’re ready to look for a performance-based role where you work output is the focus, not your physical presence, then you have to ask yourself: What am I willing to do to have time freedom? Working for an organization that provides the freedom to set individual schedules or work remotely is a perk, but it comes with added responsibility. Be clear on what you’re looking for from your career and what you’re willing to do to get it.

Do you prefer a job that you can work at for eight hours and then leave completely at the end of the day? Or are you looking for an environment where you have complete ownership of deliverables and your impact is felt throughout the organization, as well as your clients?

Here are a few questions to get started:

  • Are you comfortable in a macro-management environment where you manage yourself, and your team leads towards performance?
  • Are you disciplined enough to set goals and drive completion without manager oversight?
  • Are you driven enough to put in extra time when necessary for the success of your team?

The benefit of being disciplined and driven is that you’re rewarded with flexibility and are treated like a responsible adult. Great companies usually have a culture that rewards smart, motivated professionals who want to work hard and still enjoy true work/life balance.

Consider Share On Purpose

Share On Purpose cultivates new companies and leaders to run them. We are planning to launch a new brand every year, so driven professionals will have plenty of upward career mobility. We are looking for driven leaders who are seeking a meaningful career, and not just a better job. If you enjoy flexibility, freedom, winning and want to work with a team of like-minded professionals, then you should check us out. Our team understands that each person works on their own schedule and we don’t believe you should have to settle for a time-obsessed job where the focus is on time spent and not results delivered.

To learn more about working at Share On Purpose, simply click here. We are hiring for multiple positions, so apply today!

What’s Your “Time Currency”?

We’ve all heard the benefits of work-life balance, but for most professionals, the work-life balance seesaw swings heavy toward the side of work.

As an executive, I was the same way. Because of a deep-seated “not good enough” belief, I used work to prove I was indeed good enough. When I became an entrepreneur, it got worse, and I also became obsessed with the need to be perfect, which made me a miserable CEO.

When I started what is now Share On Purpose, I vowed to do many things differently, including how I managed my time. This included 3-day weekends every other month, and vacations at least twice per year. As I slowly mastered the art of maximizing time, I then made a commitment to teach every associate how to maximize their time so they can invest it in activities that bring them joy.

Here are 3 Power Tips for Maximizing Time:

  • Everyone has a “time currency” meaning, they prefer to do certain things with their free time. The first step is to know what you will do with any time that you’re able to get back in your day, such as spending time with family, learning something new, a hobby, etc. The motivation is not the time, but the currency – or what you’ll do with the extra time.
  • Time isn’t something we spend; instead, it is something we should invest. To better understand investing time; divide your annual compensation by 2,080, which are the number of hours in a year. Then divide that in half. This is how much every 30-minutes is worth. So, let’s say you make $50,000 a year. Per hour that’s $24. But, for a 30-mnute block, it’s $12. Now, look at how you’re investing every 30-minute time block. Did you get $12 worth of value from those 30 minutes? When you look at time as an investment, you’ll begin to challenge how your time is spent. You’ll learn that you can accomplish more in Power Meetings (15 – 30 minutes) versus 1-hour meetings.
  • Learn how to “Time Chunk” – although your brain is an organ, not a muscle, it works very similar to a muscle in that:
    1. Your brain gets tired if you overwork it, so taking short time breaks, as well as regular days off and/or vacation, is critical.
    2. If you use one side of your brain more often (left brain/right brain), it is likely you are actually losing brain productivity.
    3. If you multi-task frequently, it is likely you are actually losing brain productivity.

So, treating your brain like a muscle means that you need to balance your work schedule to “chunk” like activities (right brain/left brain) where possible, and take frequent breaks.

At Share On Purpose, we teach every associate how to maximize their time so they can invest it in their passions and in working towards advancement goals. We encourage team members to ease into Mondays, and try to stop work early on Fridays, whenever possible, to ensure that work remains enjoyable.
We’ve also learned that allowing our team members to work virtually increases their productivity, and consequently, we’ve built a virtual work model for every one of our brands. Although we have a corporate office, which we use for meetings and training sessions, most days our associates work from home, and are free to maximize their overall natural rhythms.

So, if time is important to you, and if you know your time currency, figure out what every 30-minute block is worth, and start maximizing your time. Once you do that, work-life balance becomes much easier!