Turn away from dark side: the perfect flow and work-life balance exist!
An interview to the people of Novatec Software Engineering España, Granada!
28 Nov 2019
Work-life balance does not mean working less, but rather working in a different way, more effectively and more profitably for the company. Work-life balance is very stimulating for the team as it gives added value to the people, their efforts and their work.
Work-life balance means to work with one more gear, which empowers and rewards both the individual and the company, and takes into account that all of them have time to enjoy their families.
We’ve conducted a survey in our team, which we’ll present to you right away, and we’d love to share the results!
Fabiola: mother of two children and Software
Raquel: Mother of two and Super Team Assistant!
Isa: Mother of a baby, Software Engineer and Unit Lead!
Miguel:Father of two, Scrum Master, Senior Software Engineer and Unit Lead!
Victor:Feel-good Ambassador, Scrum Master and Senior Software Engineer!
David: Software Developer and Millennial!
Jesús:Father of two, Software Engineer and SysAdmin.
Nacho: Software Engineer and Niko-Niko Team Lead!
Alberto: Senior Software Engineer and Technical Lead!
Does your company support a healthy work-life balance? How do you perceive it?
Fabiola: Of course, I noticed it the moment I was hired while I was pregnant, and I started working when my daughter was only 3 months old. Th is a commitment to stability and the family.
Miguel: Yes, it’s a core value. It directly affects my personal life since I am the father of two children, who require all my energy. Thanks to the flexible work schedule and the possibility of working from home, I can dedicate quality time to them and accompany them in their growth and education.
Jesus: Absolutely. In my case, I have small children and I have always been given complete flexibility to adapt to the needs that arose, without any impediment and always understanding the situation and facilitating family harmony.
Raquel: Novatec supports work-life balance 100% and I became aware of it before I started working here. I was hired when I was pregnant and from my first contact with the company, I had the feeling that things were and done in a different way. The ease of being able to adapt your schedule to medical appointments, to your children’s schedule, of being able to talk about things without problems, of understanding that things can always come up last minute are key aspects to bear in mind when we talk about work-life balance. Even if one day your children are sick and you need to be at home looking after them, you can work from home. Now you wake up in the morning in a different way, without having to run around and keep looking at the clock. I think it allows you to live more «relaxed» and enjoy the details that are in the little things of everyday life. Without debate, it is impossible to enjoy little things in life because daily stress prevents it.
How has work-life balance improved your quality of life?
Victor: My lifestyle has improved a lot, I have to work at home or from anywhere else (the company gives you the ability to choose where to work from). The flexible timetable also gives me the freedom to spend 5 more minutes in bed.
Nacho: The improvement was immediate. When you start Novatec with this previously mentioned freedom, it makes you work more calmly, peacefully and therefore you are more aware and focused. Any is of no greater importance since you have the possibility of adopting it and recovering it when it suits you best. On the other hand, if for some reason you are not mentally as productive as you usually are, you can take a break, go out and clear your head, and come back when you are ready to perform at your best.
Isa: In my case, I’ve gone from family hospitalizations to pregnancy and now with a new family member it’s much easier to get organized if you don’t have to be so dependent on work schedules and the stress that that entails.
David: If I have to lend a hand to my parents or be at home to deal with any kind of incident and be able to do so simply by asking my team, I don’t have to be doing calculations to see when I can be available, which allows me to do everything faster and more efficiently.
Alberto: For me the most important thing is not only to know, but to have made a few changes in my working day, I have already been working remotely since my hometown is not in Granada. In addition I am also adapting my timetable to my specific needs such as attending classes at the official language school.
Do you identify with the perfect flow of your company? Why?
Fabiola: Times change and you have to adapt to them. The perfect flow represents the perfect relationship between employees, the company and customers. We are all one.
Miguel: For me the perfect flow means my personal life can coexist with my professional career without destroying each other. Times change and it’s time to adapt in all areas of life.
Jesus: In my opinion, the perfect flow is the fusion between employees, processes and the company. Everything has to mesh together, so that everything flows in the right direction. I identify with that «perfect flow» because things are always changing to improve.
Raquel: Yes, because it is clear that everything can flow. As long as there is compromise, balance is possible. We live in a world that is constantly changing, new lifestyles are demanded and I believe that here we understand this positive change.
How does work-life balance affect your work?
Victor: It affects my work in a very positive way because when you give team members that freedom, you feel very committed, as this freedom gives you a sense of ownership over what you are working on.
Nacho: Apart from being more commited to the company, you are more productive and as a consequence your work is of a higher quality, since you can choose the ideal time slot for you (there are people who don’t like to get up early and are less productive in the early hours of the day).
Isa: Being able to take care of my baby and combine my personal family life with my work is fundamental, I have even brought my little ine to the company events without any inconvenience! That’s fantastic! You can focus much more on your professional goals without leaving out your family.
David: Increase the commitment because you realize that you are not just a machine that has to keep working no matter what.
Alberto: It makes me more focused and more productive because I don’t have to worry about specific inconveniences that may affect my daily work, since I can always adapt to them.
At the end of the interview we asked all 9 participants to define the company in one phrase:
Fabiola: Perfect flow.
Miguel: A responsible commitment on both sides.
Raquel: It is possible to find balance in your life, as long as there is a commitment on both sides.
Victor: A symbiotic relationship based on the perfect flow.
Nacho: Commitment and well-being.
Isa: Mutual trust.
David: Commitment and well-being.
Alberto: Commitment, feeling of belonging and well-being.
With this article we invite other companies to tuirn away from the dark side and start to improve work-life balance and follow #theperfectflow!
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