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Joe Biden’s Letter to Staff
Our clients and all the businesses I speak with are more and more worried about stress and the mental health of their staff. In fact its stressing people out!
I just remembered a wonderful note that Vice President Joe Biden sent back in November 2014, a seemingly everyday memo to his staff.
The words he used, sentiment he shared and leadership he demonstrated seem even more relevant today – just 3 years on.
“To my Wonderful Staff,” the letter begins,
“I would like to take a moment and make something clear to everyone. I do not expect nor do I want any of you to miss or sacrifice important family obligations for work.
Family obligations include but are not limited to family birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, any religious ceremonies such as first communions and bar mitzvahs, graduations, and times of need such as illness or a loss in the family.
This is very important to me. In fact, I will go so far as to say that if I find out that you are working with me while missing important family responsibilities, it will disappoint me greatly. This has been an unwritten rule since my days in the senate.
Thank you all for the hard work.”
Would you feel comfortable writing the same to your staff? It could be an antidote to a lot of the stress people experience.
With my love and best wishes to you all.