Brian Scudamore, the founder and CEO of O2E Brands, which includes 1-800-GOT-JUNK?, is a longtime EO Vancouver member and contributor to Octane Blog. Brian recently published an article in The Wall Street Journal, where he shared best practices on work/life balance. Here’s a preview:
“We all know people who go on vacation, only to continue firing off emails and texts as they lie on the beach, neglecting their spouse and kids.
“As a CEO of four brands, it’s tempting to check in all the time, but I don’t want to be that person. And I sure don’t want to be the boss interfering with my employees’ well-earned breaks. I realized that unless I unplug completely on vacation, I cheat myself out of generating fresh, new, creative ideas. In the long run, business suffers from my burnout.
“I also think that if our people don’t disconnect, they end up compromising their contributions to our overall mission. More importantly, they fail at what should be their top priority: cherishing time with family and friends, and having work-life balance.”