All posts tagged: work life balance

In Building a Company or a Marriage — Perks Just Don’t Cut It

Just as life-partners need to weather the storms that often arise in marriages in order to achieve effective connection and great quality of life, companies need to do the same. Not only do we need to survive the shit storms, but also come out thriving on the other end. In March 2016, my company, Pitaya conducted a market satisfaction survey for tech employees in Tel Aviv. Of hundreds of respondents, 70% had worked in their companies for less than 2 years. Despite being new employees, subjects reported a surprisingly high level of company loyalty, and comfort being honest with their direct managers and/or direct reports. When you pop the hood and peek into the day-to-day of a terrible company to work for, or an absolutely fantastic company to work for, it all boils down to a subjective reflection of the experience. It’s no accident when people feel connected to the mission of their company, proud of their employer, and driven to help their company succeed their lofty goals. Out of the data we collected, two …

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THIS IS YOUR LIFE. A Manifesto by Holstee.

In a recent interview, we came across a meaningful manifesto from one of our Pitaya members.  She has a poster hanging on her bulletin board at work, filled with advice and wisdom for a life well lived.  Naturally, we were curious to find out the source of such words, and we came across Holstee – an art company with a mission to help us all live a more meaningful life. We encourage you to check out Holstee’s video manifesto above, and give your Monday the inspiration it deserves.

Four lunch hacks to make you healthier and happier at work

  The average adult spends the majority of their wakeful hours at their desk.  In fact, as cited by Zuboff and Maxmin in their book, The Support Economy¸ it seems that the percentage of the population working above 49 hours a week has grown nearly 40% in the past 4 decades. That’s about a 10% increase per decade! It comes as no surprise, then, that the most optimal place for re-strategizing our nutritional notions should be focused at the place where we spend most of our time –our offices. We invest so much thought into preparing a well-planned lunchbox for our children (Actually, parents cite this as one of their top child-rearing worries)! Why shouldn’t we invest the same care and precaution in our own lunching habits? This is a call to action for your wellbeing – empower yourself by packing your own lunch, and start reveling in the time you spend eating it among fellow co-workers! Here’s a list of reasons why well-planned lunch breaks are essential to your wellbeing: Lunch is a time …

The Magic Behind the Virgin Way

I recently returned from a holiday with my husband in which I practically ate books alongside my daily dose of pad Thai.  My thirst for stories and lessons of remarkable CEO’s and marketing leaders was unquenchable. One of the first books I finished was Richard Branson’s The Virgin Way, in which he extols the virtues of successful companies, taking care of his people, launching new ventures, and staying true to his crazy self despite the critics. I took many lessons from Branson’s vast experience building and shifting the Virgin enterprise, but one of the stand-out messages was his commitment to a double bottom line. He introduces the “B team” , a group of CEO’s committed to people, profit, and planet without pushing one at the expense of the other pillars. The purely profitable plan A, as Branson notes, doesn’t cut it anymore. As leaders of business and burgeoning managers, this commitment to a new goal should be the new standard. At Pitaya, we support our community in building your career and investing in yourself as a …

Hack your Snacks: 5 Ways to Snack Better at Work

  Snacking at work can be a blessing or a curse.  The right food can give you energy and bring back your focus to your to-do list or the meeting you’ve been preparing for all week. But if you’re not consciously snacking, it’s all too easy to pack on the pounds due to cookies here and there, sodas, chocolates, and slices of birthday cake. When you spend hours on end in the office and need fuel to stay focused, it’s easy to grab whatever is on offer! We know the challenge to stay alert and focused, but the fuel you choose should be premium quality. The following snack hacks are straightforward and easy to follow- with results that will contribute to a more vibrant you. 1. Snack mindfully Before we get into any food specifics, mindfulness is the most important element of better snacking. Rather than shoveling handfuls of whatever food is closest to you when stress or hunger or lethargy creeps into your day, a mindful attitude will bring your attention back to exactly …

Action Plan: 3 things you need to do, to stay healthy at work

Committing yourself to outstanding performance and goals you care about in your career is a terrific way to drive results in the work place. Unfortunately, a tunnel vision of focus can come at the cost of your personal wellbeing. A Pitaya lifestyle brings together the worlds of personal and professional success and we have three important tips to help you keep your body and mind on track when you’re in the zone at work. One: Drink more water! When you arrive to work in the morning, grab a full glass of water before you sit down or begin your rounds. Hydrating yourself first thing after your commute is important to setting the stage for a day of hydration and focus. Drinking another glass of water before lunch time will also help you tell the difference between actual hunger and thirst. It’s possible confuse hunger with thirst- so if you’re feeling hungry make sure to check if you’ve finished a glass of water in the nearest hour. If not, walk yourself over to the cooler and …

Three Great Ways Arianna Huffington teaches us to THRIVE

“Life is a dance between making it happen and letting it happen.” – Arianna Huffington   Arianna Huffington’s recent bestseller, Thrive, inspires and encourages readers to live and work in a world of strength and balance that often feels elusive in our non-stop culture. The ubiquity of smart phones and a constantly “on” culture has affected our ability to connect and center ourselves- thus calling for a new way for working women and men to connect back to their innate energy. Millenials, Generation X, and baby boomers face new challenges of managing their work and lives as the two blend together constantly. http://mindvalleyacademy.com/featured/12-steps-to-thrive-according-to-arianna-huffington# At Pitaya Life, we embrace these challenges and we celebrate those who pave the way for us all.  Following, are our top three picks from Arianna Huffington’s ways to truly thrive.   1. Move your Body Studies have shown time and time again, that exercise not only makes us happier people, but it also increases the brain function we expend on our work tasks as well. If you want to be happier, healthier, …

Summer style tips for work and play

Long days and warm summer evenings are the trademark of this much-loved season. This is no different for the working woman whose summer is filled with balancing long days at the office with seasonal work events and evening soirees. Although it may seem contradictory, integrating work and play proves simpler than you’d think, especially when it comes to figuring out how to dress for both occasions.

How nature can boost our productivity and perspective

Most of our careers require long hours of work either sitting or standing under a roof, surrounded by other people or productivity- inducing décor and furniture. Considering the efforts we go to in order to inspire ourselves and keep our mind from spinning out of control, research shows a direct link between relaxing our acute emotions and time spent in nature. Planning a short trip, even a weekend day-trip, in a forest area filled with trees and fresh air will benefit your health and your mind. Walking on a trail through the woods, or taking a few hours to stroll through your local botanical gardens will put you in touch with your senses- bringing your awareness into the moment while acting as a natural stress reducer. According to an article in the Atlantic  healers in Japan encourage patients of all types to experience forest therapy, known as shinrin-yoku wherein people are prescribed a walk through a woodsy forest while breathing in the fresh air and taking in their surroundings. This type of activity has proven …

1 Knockout Way to be More Successful

The metrics for professional success constantly serve as hurdles to conquer along our long paths along the road to accomplishment. Power, money, influence, and praise vie for the top parameters of what many people in driven careers want to achieve- but the kink in these pillars of success is that the drive for such end-goals can drain us of our energy and balance as we keep our eyes firmly set on the prize. Without weaving self care and adequate rest into our daily to-do lists, maintaining that fiery determination for victory won’t be possible. From corporate business leaders, to human rights advocates, to imaginative artists- it takes hard work and dedication with a focus on your goals in order to succeed. Along that journey, it’s critical to make a few hard stops for self care and rest… or we may never truly make it to the vision we dream of. Arianna Huffington learned her lesson the hard way- by waking up with a broken face in a pool of her own blood, after collapsing to …