They say when you have a baby, everything changes. It’s true.
Everything, from your work life to your hobbies, gets a reality check once that little bundle of joy is placed in your arms.
My life-changer, whom I will call “Kit,” was born April 12. A few months before Kit was born, Saxum announced a new flex-time policy. I almost fell out of my padded conference room chair when the announcement was made. This policy would allow early birds like me to arrive at work at 7:30 a.m. and leave at 4:30 p.m. For those late risers, they can get to work at 8:30 a.m. and leave at 5:30 p.m. I was stoked to say the least.
Saxum is a fairly young company; we just celebrated our seven-year anniversary. I have been with the company for four years and have seen it evolve into an organization that not only believes that its employees are its greatest asset, but proves it through benefits such as this.
Many companies may be looking for ways to increase benefits without spending an arm and a leg. I encourage businesses looking to attract and retain top talent to get creative when coming up with benefit packages. Check out the unusual company perks found on Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For list. My favorite is the on-site farmer’s market, which is offered by Qualcomm.
Saxum’s CEO Renzi Stone understands that there needs to be a work/life balance. Employees who are stressed out, spending 80 hours a week at the office are not productive employees. I work efficiently, get the job done, stay late when I need to, but for the most part, leave the office at 4:30 p.m. in time to beat rush-hour traffic.
At Saxum, we are on-call and available to our clients 24/7, 365 days a year. Thanks to technology, this does not mean we have to be sitting at our desk to get things done. I can take my laptop home and every one of my clients has my cell phone number. I am always available.
The work/life balance Saxum has created for me has made me a happier employee and one who wants to work hard for a company that values me and my family.