To be creative we need to have rest and separation from our work. Separation gives us the space to have original thought and not mindlessly pursue the same old. With this in mind:
- Keep the work day to what has proven to be most effective. Working about 8 hours a day, 35 hours per week, is apparently optimum for most human types.
- Take at least one, and preferably two days of every week to unplug completely.
- Take a vacation every quarter. A real vacation, not a working holiday. All Full-Time people have 6 weeks (30 workdays) after their first year, 7 weeks (35 workdays) after 2 years, and 8 weeks (40 workdays) after another 2 years. It’s important to note that time away for us includes sick days, stat days, and holidays. If you are Part-Time we include 4% vacation pay with your regular earnings. When planning vacations you need to coordinate with your peers to make sure that your team has coverage during our workdays and that you have delegated to your designates with authority and full disclosure of everything that they must cover. Time away is not cumulative, you use it, or you lose it, and it is up to you to track your time away and make sure that you stick within these guidelines.
By providing this work life balance we expect people not to use their remaining waking hours and vacations to work on side projects that leave them exhausted. If you are full-time, focus full-time on us, and when not working, rest and enjoy. If you want to work for us and do side projects, that’s no problem, be Part-Time or Contract.