- A CEO has advised employees to always prioritize family over work
- He said he wanted to promote a culture of transparency in the workplace so people won’t have to lie when they have to attend to personal matters
- What’s important is that even when employees are allowed to attend to their personal lives, they should also not forget to get the work done
When faced with a situation wherein you have to make a choice between attending to family matters and going to work, a CEO suggested that you always pick family.
On LinkedIn, digital marketing agency Hustlr’s CEO Daniel Abrahams shared his own experience. He said that he left the office early one day and did not make up an excuse as to why he needed to go.
“I left the office at 1pm. In the morning, I told my team I’d be leaving early. I didn’t say I had a client meeting, or a doctor’s appointment. I told them the truth. I was going to watch my daughter receive an award at her school assembly,” he said.
Abrahams said he did this because he wanted to promote an open and transparent culture in the workplace. “Why? Because I am human. I am not trying to impress people how hard I work,” he said. “As a leader, it starts with me.”
He believes that no one should feel the need to hide their personal life at work or be apologetic if they need to attend to it.
“Do you need to pick the kids up from school? Go for it. Need to be home to accept a delivery of your new couch? Awesome. Text me a picture,” Abrahams said. “We’re all human. Let’s be real about our lives.”
What’s important, he said, is that even when employees are allowed to attend to their personal lives, they should also not forget to get the work done, deliver what they say, and keep growing the clients’ businesses.
The CEO told Good Morning America that he is happy to reach millions of people with his post.
“Essentially the post says that if you have to choose between work and your family, pick your family, and be honest about it at work because people will understand. It took me five minutes to write it,” he said.