Company chairman and single father tell his employees not to apologize for having & # 39; having lives & # 39; in a viral essay
- Ian Sohn wrote an essay telling people not to apologize for striving for a balance between work and private life
- Of the things Sohn said he doesn't need to know & # 39 ;, this includes why employees can't travel on the weekend or why they have to work at home
- Sohn is a single father and said he was worried about the balance between parenthood and his career, but now says he doesn't feel guilty
- The LinkedIn essay has become viral and valued more than 20,000 times
Ian Sohn (photo), the president of a Chicago company, wrote an essay in which he told his employees not to apologize for striving for a balance between work and private life
A single father encourages employees to stop apologizing for having & # 39; lives in an essay that has become viral.
Ian Sohn, president of Wunderman Chicago, a global digital agency, says he wants employees to have a balance between work and private life and not feel that they are constantly & # 39; connected & # 39; must be.
& # 39; I never need to know that you will be online again after dinner & # 39 ;, he wrote in part in the LinkedIn post.
& # 39; I never need to know why you chose to take Season 1 of & # 39; Arrested Development (for the 4th time) on your flight to LA instead of answering emails. I never need to know that you are late due to an appointment with a dentist. & # 39;
Sohn also writes that employees never have to explain why they cannot travel on Sundays or why they have to work at home.
& # 39; I hate how we infantilized the workplace. We have to apologize for how we feel about having lives, & he continues.
& # 39; That we don't trust adults to make the right decisions. How constant connectivity / availability (or even its perception) has become a valued skill. & # 39;
In his position, Sohn said that in the past he worked for employees who did not understand that his life was not about the office.
He told an episode in which & # 39; a senior colleague responded with disbelief & # 39; that he could not catch a flight in 12 hours because he was watching his children.
While Sohn did not feel guilty, he said he felt terrible.
& # 39; I never want you to feel awful because you are a human & # 39 ;, he concludes.
Since the essay was first published yesterday, it has been rated more than 20,000 times and has received more than 800 responses.
Many commentators praised him for understanding the need to balance work and personal obligations.
Sohn said he & # 39; does not need to know & # 39 ;, such as why employees cannot travel on the weekend or why they have to work from home. Pictured: Sohn and his sons
Sohn is a single father and said he was worried about the balance between parenthood and his career, but now says he doesn't feel guilty. Pictured: Sohn and his sons
& # 39; Your post brought me to tears. I hope my adult children will find a boss like you, & # 39; wrote a LinkedIn user.
& # 39; Louder for management still in the Stone Age! & # 39; another joked.
Sohn told TODAY older that he is a divorced father who has been co-parenting with his mother for almost seven years to his two sons, ages eight and twelve.
He said he was worried about juggling his parenting and his career, but he learned: & # 39; I don't need to apologize because I'm older. & # 39;
& # 39; The days that I have the boys, I have to leave work at some point & # 39 ;, he told the website. & # 39; The days that I have the boys, I can't be in another city. & # 39;
He added that he was humiliated by all the comments that have been left since he first published the essay.
& # 39; I appreciate that people are brave enough to share their own story with a stranger, & # 39; he told TODAY Parent. & # 39; It's a nice thing. & # 39;
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