TL;DR – Go home. Be home.
We may be living in an age where we are trying to heighten productivity in the workplace, but unfortunately for many, performance is still determined by the number of hours you clock at your desk. The more hours you put in at work (and after work) supposedly denotes how hardworking you are, better yet if it means not going home.
Charity Delmo, CEO/Founder of Ideal Visa Consultancy, a visa consultancy firm in Philippines, however, has a different view .
In an open letter she penned to her employees, she says that she wants her employees to choose their family over work and specifically, to “Go home. Be home.”
I hired you in the hope that you can be a good provider to your family, not to take you away from them, to give you additional skills not take your parental skills away from your kids, to make you a better person not just for the company but all the more for your family.
So when the time comes that you will have to choose between attending your sons and daughters’ school activities over a client’s needs, if you have to choose between your wife or your husband’s needs over mine as your boss, —please choose them.
You see, not all employers will understand some of my principles in leadership but I would rather close this company than seeing you miss your kids school activities because you have to be in a meeting, or seeing you getting broken because of your unfixed misunderstanding with your husband or wife. They are your home first before the company gave you a second home, they’re your family before you became mine.
I have always believed that a person who’s happy at home is also happy at work. So, Go home. Be home. Your work can wait. I can wait.
Your family, the home that you built, once broken, will never be the same again. You will never be the same again.
The letter has since been shared over 44,000 times after it was uploaded on Facebook and received more than 4,500 comments – mostly positive, though some think that it is not “realistic”.
What do you think?