In terms of company culture, one topic I could talk endlessly on is work/life balance. From my own experience, I can say Mid America recognizes that family comes first, and we are proud to be able to provide support any way we can to help our employees make that balance work. That said, I also know the view from the top can seem skewed, and anything I say about the opportunities for work/life balance of my employees would sound cliché. With that in mind, I’ve asked my team for their views on the work/life balance which they’ve been able to establish, what they need to make it happen and why their situation works:
The most important thing is to keep a routine. I “go to the office” at the same time every day. I take a lunch break away from my desk and phone. When I “leave the office,” I trust everything is done for the day, and I don’t go back to work. When I am not “at work,” I make sure to be present in my personal life. – Pam Misner, Underwriting Manager
If I start to feel tired or burnt out, I’ll take my laptop to the dining room for a change of scenery. If the weather is nice enough I’ll go outside for a few minutes, get some fresh air and think about what I’m thankful for. I drink at least a gallon of water every day and always have a refillable bottle or glass on my desk. Staying well-hydrated helps my ability to focus and maintain a good attitude. – Skip Elders, VP of Corporate Accounts
For me, working from home starts the night before. I make sure I am in bed at the latest by 11 pm so I am well rested for the next day. Having a large, separate space set aside for work is probably the most important work at home advice I can offer; my office is in the back of my house so my space is separate, secluded and very quiet. – David Tracy, Product Manager
I think the most important thing to remember when working from home is to establish a normal routine just as you would if driving into the office. If you are not disciplined and cannot stay put and focus, you will not thrive in this environment. – Jennifer Henager, National Closing Manager
Every day, I make sure my home is in order before I “leave.” This way, when I go back into the kitchen to get coffee or go through the bedroom to go to the bathroom, etc., the “house to-do’s” don’t sidetrack me. – Stephan Akin, Director of Development
Almost every testimonial included the same piece of advice – keep a routine. In fact, many of my team members sent me their routines in detail. While the routines are as individualized as the person, the message came through loud and clear – keeping a routine allows for work/life balance to shine through. If you have tips or tricks to scheduling your routine or efficiently working from home, feel free to send them my way at firstname.lastname@example.org.Questions? Contact Mid America Mortgage Today!