I've been a member of the publishing workforce for well over a decade, and I've had a wide variety of bosses. Those who would look at me sideways if I left the office at 6:00 p.m. to work out, and those who expected me to respond to every email within minutes, even those sent in the middle of the night. I've also been fortunate to work at some very healthy media companies who prioritize employee wellness and whose executives set a strong model for what healthy work-life balance might look like — which is the exactly the type of boss that Ian Sohn, president of Wunderman Chicago seems like.
In a note to his employees on LinkedIn, the single dad makes a number of very powerful statements to his staff. "I never need to know you'll be back online after dinner. I never need to know why you chose to watch season 1 of 'Arrested Development' (for the 4th time) on your flight to LA instead of answering emails. I never need to know you'll be in late because of a dentist appointment. Or that you're leaving early for your kid's soccer game. I never need to know why you can't travel on a Sunday." He emphasized that he has faith in his staff to make good decisions and doesn't feel the need to keep tabs on them.
We applaud Ian for making it clear to his employees the type of company culture he wants to create, especially for working parents, and we imagine they loved waking up to this note.