As we head towards our holiday celebrations of Christmas and Hanukkah this coming weekend, I want to personally wish everyone a most joyous holiday season, and hope you are able to take a few days to ‘shut off’ and enjoy time with the people who are most special in your life.
One of the many great things about working at our firm is that we respect the fact that you all have lives outside of the office. We get it… we really do. Families, friends, hobbies, travel, volunteering… so many things that are personally important to us, making our lives richer and fuller. When we ask our team members about which of the firm’s initiatives and benefits they like most, the response is overwhelmingly being able to flex their time and/or work from home when needed. And we do everything we can to help facilitate that by providing the right technology for remote access, and working with office managers to schedule client work accordingly.
Please know that the happiness and well-being of our staff is important to us. The cornerstone of our success is truly the loyal and talented professionals who work here every day. Our firm’s culture and commitment to providing a great work environment includes allowing our staff the flexibility with their schedules to tend to personal matters or enjoy special life occasions, successfully balancing their client work while doing so. There is no reason for anyone to ever have to miss a child’s birthday or graduation, or decide to skip a vacation, or not be able to help an ill parent or friend, or not leave early to head to a concert or baseball game, or not work from home when their child is sick. We have the resources – both people and technology – to allow you to do what you need to do.
Now of course, a benefit like this can easily be abused, so be mindful of the frequency of your requests. We have to be fair to other staff and we need to be sure that world class client service doesn’t suffer.
On behalf of the all of our Partners, I wish you an abundance of joy and peace this season, and sincerely thank you for all you do throughout the year… for our clients, for our communities and for each other.