How AgileAssets Promotes Work-Life Balance
Today’s 24/7-connected workplaces are blurring the lines between work and home—and the pressures of hitting deadlines and company goals are burning out a generation of workers. A 2018 Gallup Study found that 23% of employees reported feeling burned out very often and that an additional 44% reported feeling burned out sometimes. The best way to succeed is not always sprinting forward at an unsustainable pace, but sometimes taking a step back to rejuvenate.
At AgileAssets, we aim to be a culture that inspires employees to value self-care and take the time to recharge. We know that when our employees “revive” they will be more creative, inspired, and energized—and they will deliver better solutions and service to our clients.
Revive to Thrive
As part of our strategic initiative to redefine and embody the AgileAssets company values, we have recently taken several steps to ensure our employees have ample opportunities to promote their own well-being and maintain a work-life balance. We call these efforts “Revive to Thrive,” and they include a mix of social and wellness activities that ultimately have a positive impact on our employees’ performance, job satisfaction, and ability to meet the high demands of our industry and the needs of our clients.
Connect Across Teams
One example of our “Revive to Thrive” effort includes offering employees fun, relaxing social activities that allow coworkers to connect with each other outside of their normal work projects. We build in reoccurring events like holiday celebrations, contests, and retreats to bring employees together on a regular basis. We also host monthly happy hours, where we recognize extraordinary employee performance and celebrate the employee birthdays and work anniversaries that fall in that month—no matter where those employees may be located around the world.
Take a Breath
Although AgileAssets offers full-time employees unlimited flexible paid time off (PTO) and encourages employees to take a minimum of 2 weeks of vacation time annually, we recently made it a priority to provide at-work opportunities to relax and recharge. We redesigned part of our workspace to include a Recharge Room, where employees can chill out in a massage chair.
We also designated a roomy, comfortable space as our “Zen Den,” where employees who are also certified yoga instructors volunteer to teach a variety of weekly yoga and meditation classes during work hours.
Giving our employees the time and space to attend to their physical and mental well-being helps them perform to their highest potential and support our clients with the best solutions and services.
Our newest company effort to promote employee well-being is our mindfulness initiative, Mindfulness Mondays. We will offer all employees the opportunity to participate in 10-minute meditations on our Revive to Thrive Slack® channel, specifically geared toward mindfulness at work. Studies have shown that mindfulness can reverse and reduce the impact of stress on the body; it also contributes to psychological health, improves brain and immune system functions, and even makes people more empathetic toward others.
As part of our mindfulness initiative, we will also roll out a series on gratitude. Expressing gratitude is one of the easiest, yet most overlooked ways to build employee satisfaction and company morale. According to Robert Emmon, Ph.D., a professor of psychology at the University of California-Davis, gratitude activates multiple brain systems and does so in ways that support mental and emotional well-being.
At AgileAssets, we are hopeful that over time, employees can reap the rewards of mindfulness as a proven, ancient practice to reduce stress, promote happiness, and lead to more productive and fulfilling work experiences.
Care About Self-Care
Throughout its 25-year history, AgileAssets has been proud to hire and develop the most highly qualified employees in the industry’s competitive labor market. We want to nurture our talent by helping employees to adopt self-care practices within their workdays and to thrive in all aspects of life. By taking care of ourselves, we achieve great things together.
About the Author
Marnie Boyd, Chief People Officer, has led AgileAssets HR for more than 11 years. She is passionate about recruiting and developing the company’s diverse, global, and high-quality talent