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Forget Work Life Balance. Find Work Life Energy.

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"Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it." – Maya Angelou

“Get better at work life balance.” I think that’s been a goal of mine for 10 years. To be honest, it’s probably created more stress in my life than good. I was working so hard to make my hours in the office count, blocking out the rest of my life during those hours.

This hustle made it really hard to feel like I accomplished anything when I did finally get home. Instead, I felt exhausted. I couldn’t enjoy my time at home because I just kept thinking about what I was too tired to do—to exercise, to spend time with friends, to talk about anything other than work. I felt like I was accomplishing something, though, because I didn’t have to bring my laptop home. But was I really achieving balance when I had no “life” in this equation?

It’s taken a while to figure out what was missing, what I was really needing. Luckily, I was able to find it with the help of my colleagues at Mottis. It’s something we call work life energy.

The whole point of work life balance is to work hard on one end and have the opportunity to refuel on the other. But we live in such a wired, fast-paced world, it’s hard to fully disconnect. This makes work life balance pretty much unachievable. Rather than drawing a dividing line between the two parts of our lives, work life energy takes a look at our passions. Instead of working harder, how can we work with more passion? If we can bring our outside passions into work, work seems a little less like work, making us productive and satisfied.

Everything in our lives is interconnected; trying to silo aspects of our lives doesn’t work because we’re integrated human beings. It’s challenging to be a truly healthy, authentic person if you are excelling in one area of your life but neglecting others. The most content and inspired people are that way because they have great energy in all areas of their lives. When you understand this and tie it into the idea of passion, your energy starts feeding on itself and expands throughout your life.

Shari gets her energy from time with her kids. Where does you energy come from?

Shari gets her energy from time with her kids. Where does you energy come from?

So how has Mottis helped us find work life energy? It’s individualized for each person, so what work life energy is for me may look different for someone else. For me, it’s flexible work hours so I can leave early to pick up my kids and have some daylight hours to hang out with them. It’s paid hours to volunteer so I can help one of my best friends plan a fundraiser to fight spinal muscular atrophy. It’s the opportunity to cultivate work life energy for my colleagues and help them find their passions, because I enjoy mentoring.

What does Mottis get out of this? A loyal employee who has stuck around for nearly 7 years (crazy in the agency world!). A productive, passionate, happy employee who wants to come to work each day and give her best. An inspired team of employees who want to—and will—do good work in the world.

We didn’t find work life energy over night. It’s something we’ve naturally grown and nurtured here. We’re just now putting words around it. Take a look at what #worklifeenergy means to us.

So, what are you passionate about? Take time to find it, and let us know how will you find your work life energy.


What do you think?

We’re all about having a conversation. Not as much the psychology or big-word-jargon other agencies throw around. So let us know what you think of our post, whether you love it, or hate it. We can take it. Just keep it clean, so we don’t frighten the kids.

  1. Andrea Flickinger said on:

    This makes me miss you all so much! *tear*

    • Shari said on:

      We miss you, Andrea! You’ve played such a huge role in shaping our culture; your mark and energy will always be in these walls :)

  2. Toni said on:

    Great post, Shari! Your energy always inspires me and the rest of the Mottisians to keep fighting the good fight!

    My work life energy allows me to get into the office at 9:30 a.m. For once, I don’t have to fight my night owl nature. I mean, really, talking before 10 a.m. should be a crime.

    Very excited to see how work life energy will continue to grow and evolve for all of us!

    • Shari said on:

      Thank YOU, Toni, for inspiring me daily. Your energy lifts me and keeps me wanting to do more.

  3. Stasha said on:

    Love this. We are pressured to find balance and happiness all the time. When really it’s all about steering what we already have the right way. I am so happy to read that an employer chooses to empower !

    • Shari said on:

      Thank you, Stasha! I am very lucky to have such a supportive team around me and hope this positive energy we’re creating will reach and impact everyone else around us as well.

  4. Susan Roundtree said on:

    A great article, and what a testimony to your company! You are so blessed to work for a company that understands that people need a good life/work balance and that it is a PRODUCTIVE thing. Well written, and well said, Shari! Does Mottis need nurses? Where do I sign?

    • Shari said on:

      Thanks! Yes, I’m very lucky to be part of such a great team. And we’ll definitely take nurses. Always looking for pleasant communicators, and that’s a must for nurses, right?

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