By now I’m sure we’ve all had a boss who completely made us lose faith in the notion that people are inherently good. Tossing aside the fact that modern capitalism is a complete travesty of an industry and we’re all just cogs in a massive wheel to make the rich even richer; actually having a likable boss isn’t a guarantee.
That’s why Ian Sohn, a single father and executive at a digital agency in Chicago, is so refreshing.
Ian Sohn took to LinkedIn to pen a short overview of what he demands of his employees at his company, Wunderman. In an age where employees are pretty much expected to be thinking about work morning, afternoon, and night, as well as always be available and connected, Sohn’s demands are radical in their empathy.
Here’s his post written in full:
“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. I never need to know why you don’t want to have dinner with me when I’m in your town on a Tuesday night.
I never need to know that you’re working from home today because you simply need the silence. I deeply resent how we’ve infantilized the workplace. How we feel we have to apologize for having lives. That we don’t trust adults to make the right decisions. How constant connectivity/availability (or even the perception of it) has become a valued skill”
Sohn explained how a past negative experience with a boss helped him form his outlook on wanting his employees to live their lives.
“I’m equally grateful for the trust/respect my peers, bosses and teams show me every day. Years ago a very senior colleague reacted with incredulity that I couldn’t fly on 12 hours notice because I had my kids that night (and I’m a single dad. edit: divorced).
I didn’t feel the least bit guilty, which I could tell really bothered said colleague. But it still felt horrible. I never want you to feel horrible for being a human being.”
Naturally, hundreds of people poured into the comments to express their admiration toward Ian’s words.
Thanks, Ian. Hopefully more and more employers will adopt this outlook!