“Find your rhythm, understand what makes you resentful, and protect it. You can’t have everything you want, but you can have the things that really matter to you. And thinking that way empowers you to work really hard for a really long period of time.”

Marissa Mayer, CEO of Yahoo

Work and life balance is something of huge value, especially to the millennial generation, which makes up more than half of our company. Here at Protiviti, we strive to make this something that is truly achievable for our employees. We do this through a generous CTO (Choice Time Off) policy, paid holidays, a sabbatical program, flexible work arrangements…what more can you ask for?! But how do some of our employees take advantage of all of this?

I didn’t have to look very far to find someone who could tell you the benefits first hand…ME!

At the beginning of 2016, I made a resolution to visit one new place every month of the year. In January, I was able to take advantage of Protiviti’s “soft close” approach to the holiday season to travel with my family to Hawaii. It was a sight to see for sure!

My sister & I surfing in Honolulu

In February, I traveled to LA and met up with some of my co-workers out in the Los Angeles office. While my manager had supported my original plan to work from the LA office that Friday, I ultimately decided to take the day off! To be able to travel out to LA for a 3-day trip and not take a day of vacation? That is some true company love right there.

Our West Region Campus Lead, Tu Huynh, and I at Runyon Canyon admiring the Hollywood sign (it’s there, I swear!)

With Hawaii and Los Angeles under my belt, March had me feeling challenged. Just when I thought my resolution might be broken already, Protiviti came to the rescue. Protiviti provided me the opportunity to head out to help with one of our training schools in Phoenix. Not only did I get to meet some of our amazing management and seniors from across the nation, but I was able to fly out early and see the Grand Canyon with the San Francisco campus recruiter. The best part? My personal costs for the entire week were less than $100 (my rental car to the views).

Grand Canyon
San Francisco recruiter, Kiristen Roland, and I at the Grand Canyon

As Marissa Mayer, CEO of Yahoo, stated above, it is possible to have your passion and have your work too. If you can manage the balance, it will help you not only from a personal perspective but likely with your quality of work too. Happy employees are the best employees! Find your passions and figure out how to sustain those with your work schedule.

Lastly, I encourage you to ask questions. You may never know your opportunities and where there is flexibility if you don’t simply ask.

-Cait Kelly (Campus Recruiting – Metro DC, Philadelphia, Charlotte, RLS)

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