Work-Life Integration

15 Wellness Perks to Consider Before Accepting Your Next Job Offer

In today's fast-paced career culture, work-life balance is everything. When you're looking for a job, you want to make sure that the company will take care of you both in terms of finances and wellness.

A salary alone isn't enough to make most people stay at a job. In fact, four out of five employees say that a new benefit like a professional development program is more important than salary.

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Work-Life Integration

5 Ways Working Moms Can Practice Self-Care

Mom, your day-to-day life can be a little, let's say, "demanding." This is particularly true if you're one of the growing numbers of moms who also work outside the home.

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12 New Year's Resolutions You'll Actually Complete in 2019

Join Us and Hit Your Professional, Personal, and Wellness Goals!

Around this time of year, I have the bad habit of coming up with about 15 different resolutions - don't bite my nails, stop drinking soda, do 100 crunches a day, cook 5 meals at home each week, write for 30 minutes each day, learn to levitate, etc. - and attempting to start all of them at once.

And around January 7th, I find myself mildly disappointed but not very surprised when I'm no longer committed to a single one.

If that sounds like you, then join me and the PowerToFly team as we tackle 12 bite-size monthly challenges. No lofty goals, just realistic ones.

The idea is to help us each hit our professional goals for the year by focussing on our personal ones. Challenges will cover everything from fitness to nutrition to breaking bad habits to being a better and more connected friend. Ultimately, we want to be more present, and to be kind to others and ourselves.

Who Are These Challenges Designed For?

  • Remote Workers: At PowerToFly, we're a a remote startup spanning 12 countries… so we literally have people working around the clock, which makes it all too easy to burn out if you're not careful. If you don't have to physically leave the office, it's often hard to leave work behind you. That said, working from home (or wherever you choose) also offers enormous flexibility and benefits if you know how to take advantage of them, and that's what these challenges are all about! Using our workplace flexibility to be more connected as a team and community, not less. To break up our days with self-care so that we can be our most productive and happiest selves.
  • Anyone with Limited Time: These small challenges are great for remote workers, but they can be done by anyone, anywhere, so if you're eager to fill 2019 with small victories, these challenges are for you! Whether you want to compete with your coworkers or participate by yourself, we can't wait to hear how you do.

What Do You Need to Do to Participate?

  • Just make sure you're signed up for our newsletter so you hear about the latest challenges as they're posted. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn so you can tweet, comment, message, or email your experiences.
  • We'll be tracking progress our progress internally with a dedicated Slack channel and recommend you do the same if you want to do these challenges with your coworkers. We'll be sharing our results publicly in follow-up blog posts at the end of each challenge and tweeting along the way.

Why Are These Challenges More Practical Than "Typical" Resolutions?

  1. One improvement at a time - We'll announce each challenge a few days before the start of the next month. This is meant to avoid being overwhelmed by a whole slew of resolutions, and instead allow each of us to focus month-to-month on the challenges that we find most meaningful.
  2. Manageable Goals - We're not including any time-heavy activities, which are ripe for making excuses. Each active challenge (i.e. a challenge that asks you to do something, as opposed to reduce a behavior) will require less than 10 minutes a day. That said, no one will stop you from doing more… As someone who studied psychology in college, I admit my understanding of physics is limited, but I'm a firm believer in the idea that Newton's first law of motion also applies to human behavior: the hardest part is getting started (and the more daunting the task, the less likely we are to begin), but once you're going, you won't want to stop. By making our monthly goals more manageable, it will be easier not only to get started, but to keep going.
  3. Meaningful Goals - They may be small, but each challenge will be a worthwhile way to intentionally improve an aspect of our daily life, be it connected to physical or mental well-being.
  4. Measurable Goals- We'll be clearly defining each goal and/or asking you to define the goal for yourself - i.e., we won't aim to "reduce cellphone use," we'll aim to, "use our phones no more than 90 minutes per day."
  5. Accountability - We'll be sharing our results with you in a follow-up blog post and we encourage you to do the same! Tweet @powertofly or shoot us an email with your progress and experiences.

So, now that you understand the philosophy.... get ready to put your commitment to the test each month with a new challenge! (Click the links below for details about how to participate in the challenge & to see our results!)

Be proud of yourself - this is just the beginning!

Work-Life Integration

PowerToFly's Second Annual Secret Snowflake

How Our Remote Team Celebrates The Holidays

Before coming to PowerToFly, the company holiday parties I attended were radically different. There were gift exchanges, catered lunches, champagne, and lots of awkward interactions between co-workers (my favorite part). Sure, this was fun and all, but at the end of the day, I felt like I was missing something, and to quote a seasonal favorite, the Grinch;

Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before! What if Christmas, he thought, doesn't come from a store. What if Christmas...perhaps...means a little bit more!

At PowerToFly, we're a small remote team spanning 12 different countries. We have a variety of backgrounds and beliefs, and we all celebrate different holidays.

So, instead of your typical "office holiday party," we have a "Secret Snowflake," where each employee is randomly assigned another employee and donates $10 to a charity in their honor. This gives us the opportunity to learn more about our Secret Snowflakes and get to know their teammates at the same time, as we ask around to learn more about our Snowflakes' interests, hobbies, and passions. (And of course, to contribute to some great causes.)

We spent time getting to know people we don't typically interact with on a day-to-day basis, while discovering charities and foundations all over the globe! Because we're all in different timezones, "small talk" isn't something we usually get to do a lot of, so meetings like this, where we have the opportunity to learn more about each other, are really special.

To me, this blending of cultures, understanding what my teammates truly value, and contributing to causes we care about (everything from the environment to animals to people in need), means more than any gift or catered meal, and embodies the true spirit of the holidays!

This year, our team donated over $300 to 30 the charities listed below:

  1. International Rescue Committe
  2. Karama Organization for Women and Children's Development
  3. Dizzy Feet Foundation
  4. Mutt Rescue
  5. Edo State Women Association
  6. Animal Rescue Foundation of Louisiana
  7. Texas Humane Heroes
  8. Ukrainian Philanthropic Marketplace
  9. Help Animals India
  10. Comedy Cures
  11. Palestine Charity Team
  12. Uniendo Caminos
  13. Animal Rescue of the Rockies
  14. Wounded Nature
  15. Ukrainian Philanthropic Marketplace
  16. Gilda's Club
  17. New Beginning Animal Rescue
  18. Women Who Code Kyiv
  19. The Trevor Project
  20. Sumando Manos Foundation
  21. Razom
  22. Ecuador Children's Hope Organization
  23. LAPA
  24. International Street Dog Foundation
  25. The DREAM Project
  26. Basic Research and Development Society
  27. Ecologia - Youth Trust
  28. Karumbe
  29. Spirit of Children
  30. CASA of Cook County

From the team at PowerToFly, we wish you and your family a safe and happy holiday. See you in 2019!

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