Why You Should Go ROWE
Yesterday, I attended a ROWE Workshop with the DK New Media team. (If you don’t know what ROWE is, check out this blog post I wrote for DK New Media.) It was amazing to say the least, and I owe a huge thanks to Michael Reynolds from SpinWeb and Christy Runningen from Culture Rx. I left feeling refreshed and really ready to lead the ROWE way, even though our company was already working in this fashion. But it wasn’t until today that I realized that as an individual, I wasn’t living the ROWE way yet.
Everyone who knows me knows that I’m a real go-getter. I have a bright future ahead, and I will always be working hard to get farther in life (I don’t say that out of arrogance, I say that out of determination). I have the lucky fortune to absolutely love what I do, while being a part of a supportive work environment that lets me work when I want to work. But I am also that person who will put her work at top priority. And let me tell you, that is not a part of the ROWE way.
Of course, work is important – and to me, work isn’t work. But ROWE is all about having a work-life balance. That means that my personal life and my work life should be equal in importance. Yet, I find myself working at all hours of the night, checking my email on a Sunday afternoon, and giving up social functions because I “need” to finish client work (this is my doing, not my employer). But 30 years from now, I’m not going to look back on my life and say “oh, I’m so glad I finished that email for a client.” I’m going to look back and hopefully remember the great times I had with my friends and family.
There are a lot of important people in my life, but I haven’t spent enough time with them and I know it now. And for that, I am truly sorry to whoever I have hurt on the path to my career.
So why should you go ROWE? Here’s why: Because you’ll get to go your child’s baseball game on a Wednesday afternoon without feeling guilty. Because you’ll be able to take a vacation in the middle of the summer without worrying about the other employee’s schedules. Because you’ll be able to go to lunch with a friend on Thursday and stay for however long you want. And because you’ll be able to go to a play with a friend you haven’t seen in a while.
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