Social media is heaping high praise upon a Chicago business owner over a letter he sent to his employees, which has gone viral.
Ian Sohn, the president of Wunderman Chicago and a single dad of two, made it very clear to his employees that they are adults with busy lives and they shall be treated as such.
He wrote, “I deeply resent how we’ve infantilized the workplace. How we feel we have to apologize for having lives. That we don’t trust adults to make the right decisions.”
He goes on to say that he doesn’t need to know why employees had to miss a day of work, or work from home, or not respond immediately to an email, or had to choose a life activity over work.
Sohn created a list of work-life-balance items that he doesn’t need to know about like: “I never need to know you’ll be back online after dinner. I never need to know that you’re working from home today because you simply need the silence. I never need to know why you chose to watch season 1 of Arrested Development (for the 4th time) on your flight to L.A. instead of answering emails. I never need to know you’ll be in late because of a dentist appointment.”
He wrapped up his essay with, “I never want you to feel horrible for being a human being.”