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A more flexible schedule

Lisa Sygutek

Jun 5, 2024

The evolution of our work environment into a more flexible, digital-first model has proven successful, allowing us to maintain productivity without the constant need for physical presence.

As the summer sun brightens our days and the season of warmth and renewal unfolds, I want to take a moment to share some significant changes to my office hours and the motivations behind them. This year, more than ever, has been a period of reflection and reassessment, and these changes are rooted in both professional observations and deeply personal experiences.

Over the past few months, I’ve noticed a trend: a significant decline in the number of people coming into the office to discuss work-related matters. Instead, most of the in-person visits have been centered around council issues, with the majority of our daily tasks being efficiently managed through remote communication tools. The evolution of our work environment into a more flexible, digital-first model has proven successful, allowing us to maintain productivity without the constant need for physical presence.

Given this shift, I’ve decided to adjust my office hours for the summer. I will be embracing the flexibility that remote work offers, reducing the need for in-office presence while still being fully accessible to address any concerns or questions you might have. If you need to reach me, please do not hesitate to call my cell phone or send me an email. These channels remain open and will ensure that I am readily available to assist you.

A significant part of this decision is also deeply personal. This summer marks a poignant and fleeting chapter in my life – it is the last summer before my youngest son leaves for university. The opportunity to spend these precious months with him is one that I treasure deeply. Balancing my professional responsibilities with quality family time is a priority that resonates profoundly with me, especially as I prepare to see him embark on his next journey in life.

This perspective on prioritizing what truly matters has been profoundly reshaped by my battle with cancer. Going through such a life-altering experience brought a newfound clarity and focus on what is essential in life. Fighting through the illness, enduring multiple surgeries, and embracing the path to recovery underscored the importance of family, health, and meaningful connections. It taught me to value each moment, to appreciate the small joys, and to be present for those who matter most. This summer, I am committed to making memories with my son, cherishing every moment before he spreads his wings and takes flight into his future.

My journey with cancer was not just a personal struggle but a transformative experience that reshaped my outlook on life and work. It reminded me that while our professional endeavours are important, they should never overshadow the richness and fulfillment of our personal lives. Health and family are irreplaceable, and the time spent with loved ones is invaluable.

As I navigate this summer with a more flexible schedule, I encourage all of you to reflect on your own work-life balance. Embrace the opportunities to be with your loved ones, pursue your passions, and find joy in the everyday moments. Our work is significant, but it is the richness of our personal experiences that truly defines our happiness and fulfillment.

This change in office hours is not just about adapting to a new way of working but also about living in alignment with these values. It’s about recognizing that flexibility and remote work can lead to a healthier, more balanced life for all of us. It’s about making room for what truly matters while ensuring that our professional responsibilities are met with the same dedication and commitment.

Thank you for your understanding and support as we make this transition. I look forward to continuing our work together, whether remotely or in person, and wish each of you a fulfilling and enjoyable summer. Let’s embrace this season with a renewed focus on what is truly important in our lives, both professionally and personally.

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