At Hothouse, we know the key to achieving a good work/life balance is flexibility. We pride ourselves on giving Hothousers lots of options to help them find the best balance for them and their families.
For example, in the summer, we like to mix things up by offering DIY Weekends. How does it work? In June, July and August, employees are encouraged to take a Friday or a Monday off to create their own long weekend doing anything that brings them joy. Whether they spend it taking in a local attraction, lounging at home, working on a project or traveling with family and friends, the idea is to step away from the literal and proverbial office and take some time to recharge.
Like many companies, we saw working hours shift and extend, and the lines between home life and work life blended even further as a result of the pandemic. Our teams are so dedicated to our clients and to each other that it’s easy to “just” keep an eye on email or log on for that one meeting. But we use DIY Weekends to remind them that they owe it to themselves to rest and recharge separate from any planned paid time off.
This summer, we also used the time away from the office as an opportunity to bring the team together. Like many companies prior to the pandemic, Hothouse was centrally located. Getting to know each other was easy – you’d bump into each other in the office, you’d meet new hires walking around on their first day, you’d grab lunch or a coffee with someone you hadn’t had a chance to catch up with in a while. With those casual modes of connection gone, a hybrid work model, and Hothousers now in five states, we’ve become a lot more intentional about creating opportunities for getting to know each other.
We asked people to post and share pictures from their DIY weekends on Slack. Seeing people outside of their Zoom box, with their families and pets, and enjoying their hobbies has been a great way to lower the waterline and get to know each other beyond the screen and daily work interactions.
As we approach the end of the summer, we’re looking forward to Hothousers crafting their final DIY Weekends. Check out some of the fun experiences from our team below: