Life; It’s All a Balancing Act

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February 25, 2013 by Rick B

Finding balance in our lives is a worthwhile endeavor.  I, for one, am constantly trying to find balance while negotiating my way through life’s pressures and demands.

United Credit Service, Inc. understands the need for balance.  We think it is so important; we listed it, along with our Mission Statement, as one of our core Principles. Principle #3 reads – Balance in our business and personal lives is important and encouraged.

To us, these aren’t just words on a page—we really try to back them up—and it’s always a work in progress.  One of the ways we encourage balance is through our office culture.  We try to encourage a culture that has a balance between hard work and some fun.  This month, we are doing an incentive that has team members, who wish to participate, play hockey.  Yep, you heard that right.  We have a daily and a monthly financial goal (that’s the hard work part) and team members get to take the pink hockey stick (supplied by a team member) and take a shot at a target for prizes (that’s the fun part). If our monthly goal is met, all team members will split the pot that grew as we met daily goals—and our shots at the target.  It’s great to hear the roar of applause and laughter when a team member makes a difficult shot or when we hit our financial goal on the last day of a month as we have done in the past.

There are many studies that support fun in the workplace.  Dr. David Abramis at Cal State Long Beach has studied fun at the workplace for years.  He’s learned that people who have fun on the job are more productive, better decision makers, more resourceful, and get along better with co-workers.  They also have less sick or late days than people who aren’t having fun.  Dr. Stuart Brown, founder of the National Institute for Play offers play consulting to companies including Whole Foods.  Why? Experts say play at work can boost productivity, creativity, and motivation.

We all spend a great deal of time at work, so it’s important to try and enjoy our hours together at the office. Through our Health & Wellness Program, we try and do a daily stretch and flex.  This little 10 min stretch not only relieves stiffness from sitting all day, but helps decrease stress levels and adds a little levity to our lives. (What, more fun?)  It’s amazing how this small act can rejuvenate our focus and stamina—hopefully restoring some balance.

This month’s feature on our health and wellness bulletin board is Heart Disease.  February – heart disease – get it. Anyway… it’s got some great information and I hope people have gleaned some useful ways to save themselves from the heart-ache of heart disease (I’m sorry, I couldn’t help myself).

In January, nutrition was the topic on the health and wellness bulletin board.  We had Kristin Arnett, a Holistic Health & Nutritional Practitioner, come in and present a lunch and learn on nutrition—did you know half of your plate of food should be vegetables?  Kristin sure opened my eyes to a new way to plan meals.

We then kind of balanced all that healthy eating with the international potluck our activities committee planned as a way to celebrate our February birthdays.  Actually, we had quite a few healthy dishes—vegetarian among them.  It was a great effort to nurture a little camaraderie while enjoying new dishes from around the world.

The truth of the matter is that we are all different, with different likes and dislikes.  Let’s try and embrace our individuality while balancing that with the understanding that we are all in this together.  I think Dr. Suess really said it best, so I’ll end this post with this quote.

“So be sure when you step, step with care and great tact and remember that Life’s a Great Balancing Act.”

—Dr. Suess, Oh, the Places You’ll Go!

If you want to see the rest of our core Principles or our Mission Statement, please visit our website


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