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Skipp Answers: What is your ideal work/life balance?

At Partners in Performance, we pride ourselves on attracting, retaining and developing the very best talent around the world. With that, we recognise the importance of building a workplace that is welcoming, inclusive and promotes a sustainable lifestyle. We’re focused on four key areas to help our people unleash their potential, both in and out of work:

  • Unleashing flexibility

    Everyone’s needs are different when it comes to balancing work and personal life. Our goal is to ensure each person is given the resources and flexibility to make that balancing act work for them. In some regions this means offering additional short-term unpaid leave, allowing a total of six or eight weeks of annual leave. Whether it’s taking a ‘career break’ to fulfill personal goals such as travelling the world or having the ability to work from home to spend more time with family, we work with each person to put in place the best solution for their lifestyle.

  • Unleashing family

    If expecting a new family member or serving as a primary caregiver, we want to make life as easy as possible. We do this through paid parental leave (up to 16 weeks for Primary Caregiver and 3 weeks for Secondary Caregiver) and offering ways to balance work and family commitments. In some situations, where partners and family members need to be together and there is a requirement to travel on engagement, we work with them on a case-by-case basis to find a solution that works.

  • Unleashing diversity

    Diversity isn’t just a buzzword - it’s vital to our culture, policies and systems. We recognise that diversity is imperative to a great work environment, and it’s part of what makes our people so interesting to work with. Our ethnic, gender, religious, political or sexual orientations may be different, but it’s these differences that allow us to bring new and unique ideas to the table. Whether it’s working with our senior women to support women in the workplace, or reviewing our hiring practices, we are continuously striving to improve our initiatives in this area.

  • Unleashing inclusiveness

    As part of our extensive internal training, we strive to ensure every person is aware of what it means to be inclusive and how unconscious bias can affect those around them. We actively coach our team so they understand the importance of their words and actions being fair and fact-based.

 

Now hear from our team

We're sharing some of the insights from our internal MD blog, where we are given the opportunity each week to Ask Skipp Anything, posing any budding or burning questions they've got for Partners in Performance's Managing Director. Read on for Skipp's thoughts on work/life balance...

This is an important topic, although I don't acknowledge the framing of the question. To me it implies there is ‘work’ and then this other thing called ‘life’, and that all the good stuff is in the ‘life’ category and ‘work’ is something you do until you can free up time for ‘life’. I don’t see it that way. We spend a lot of our time at work so I want something I can do that is fun. And for me that is a matter of knowing what I love to do and what gives me energy, monitoring when things get too far away from that and then working out how to get them back on track.

It turns out for me that these things are:

  1. 1. Pushing boundaries. I love the great results engagements deliver, I love it when our Global Services team figures out how to simplify a process, I love it when I learn and when others do as well. I love it when we invent something or try something different – when we improve and innovate what we do at Partners in Performance, bit-by-bit, creating something incredible. One of the best and most rewarding parts of my job is getting to support people in doing things that are extraordinary for them, helping them push their own boundaries.
  2. 2. Working with others. I enjoy sharing ideas and energy, seeing or creating fun, and the fact that, in combination, we can create something new or better for our clients and our people.
  3. 3. Having fun. This one is pretty straight-forward – like most of us, I like to laugh and enjoy myself along the way.
  4. 4. Being engaged with family and friends.
  5. 5. Exercising and eating well.

I know that if I fill my life up with these things, I'll have huge energy and enthusiasm and won't feel tired. But if these things don't get ticked in a day – or worse, two days in a row – I'll start to feel edgy or irritable. My subconscious knows that things aren't right.

If for example, my work hours get too long in a day and I don’t get to chat with my family, friends and a few people at work, or get to the gym, then I start to feel stressed. I've been doing this for decades now, so I work hard to prevent this from happening. I can also spot the ‘why am I feeling stressed’ a lot earlier and can fix it, because I know what I need to do to get back in balance.

If you haven’t worked out what your list of ‘things that make me happy/give me energy’ are, I’d thoroughly recommend it because in my experience small changes to ‘what is in’ your life make a big difference. Knowing really helps you spot when life is out of balance and allows you to take it back to the root case of what is missing, compared to those things that give you energy.

So, to wrap this up, I'm happy to say that my current life is close to my ideal life (unless someone will give me an eighth day a week, in which case I will happily take it).

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