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Culture Handbook Work is not the most important thing in life.

Culture Handbook

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Chapter 5.14: Our Guiding Principles

Work is not the most important thing in life.

For us, PIRATE is our most precious product. We strive to build an environment that brings all people that work here fulfillment and joy, and will provide stability for them and their family. However, we know: In the end, it is just work.

Work is important, but it shouldn’t be the center of our lives. Without the physical and mental wellbeing, without you feeling energized, balanced and focused, you won’t be able to do great work. And you won’t enjoy it. Pressure, anxiety and stress will lead to burn out that won’t benefit anyone.

We know that work has a tendency to expand to fill the time available for its completion. A sense of ownership has the effect that there is almost more that could be done. Since at PIRATE, people are encouraged to take responsibility and ownership you will quickly realize that you won’t be able to do it all. This can lead to an unhealthy work environment and people feeling overwhelmed.

At PIRATE, you are required to lead yourself well. Prioritization and setting boundaries have to be leading principles for your well-being. Just as much as having a todo-list keeps us structured, keeping a not-todo-list keeps us sane. Don’t view work as a sprint, but as something that should feel well and can be sustained over longer periods of time.

When you are done working, shut down your computer, turn off notifications and enjoy some time away from work. Time to clear your head. Spend time with your kids, play with your dog, do some sports, or read a book.

THE END (for now)