It’s scary how many people I talk to fielding work calls and emails at all hours of the day.
This has what the work world has come to these days. But I’ll let you in on a little secret. You can write your own employment contract. I wrote mine years ago after I got laid off early in my career. Here’s what I promised myself:
- While on vacation, I will not check my email. I’ll make sure I have sufficient back-up and confidence in my team to handle anything that comes up in my absence.
- I won’t work weekends unless there is something out of the ordinary that necessitates cutting into my precious time with my family.
- I believe that someone else’s lack of planning does not constitute a crisis in my day and I have pledged to never be the cause of a crisis for people I work with because of my lack of planning. That would be disrespectful.
- I deserve and will take at least 10 or 15 minutes to eat my lunch.
- Whenever possible, I will go for a short walk at lunch to clear my head, and get a few minutes of exercise and fresh air.
- I will leave the office at a reasonable time each night so I can have dinner with my family. My productivity takes a nose dive about an hour after my normal work day ends, so it is not in my best interests or the best interests of my company for me to stay.
- I will work my hardest and uphold the highest standards of professional integrity.
This week’s #HappyAct is to write your own employment contract. Do you think mine is realistic today, or am I a dinosaur? Leave a comment.