Work Hard, Play Hard! It’s All About Balance…

The PPI-ME team enjoying the beautiful weather and view!

The PPI-ME team enjoying the beautiful weather and view!

This week’s blog takes a look at the importance of balancing work and your personal life and how PeacePlayers-Middle East tries to instill that balance within their work culture.

“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around for a while, you could miss it.” — Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.

If you have never seen the movie mentioned above, it’s an 80’s classic about a guy in high school who pretends to be sick for a day and embarks on quite the adventure. He convinces his girlfriend and best friend Cameron to skip school and enjoy life with him. They eat at a 5-star restaurant, take Cameron’s father’s Ferrari and total it, and end up in a parade, amongst other things. Ferris was just a kid in high school, but he definitely had the right idea. As you get older, it becomes more and more important to slow down and take a moment to enjoy life.

At PeacePlayers — Middle East the work ethic is incredible. The amount of hours put in isn’t always the regular 9-5 and the work week may not be the typical 40 hours. Two common goals for most working people is a nice work/life balance and an awesome workplace environment. When working for a successful organization, it is often hard to strike that balance and keep a great atmosphere. Here at PeacePlayers International — Middle East, we are fortunate enough to pretty much nail the formula of balance and great environment. It is very much a “work hard, play hard” type of place.

Some of the lovely ladies of PPI-ME enjoying the relaxing pool.

Some of the lovely ladies of PPI-ME enjoying the relaxing pool.

At the end of May, the office shut down for two days during the week and went on a relaxing team building retreat to the north. We had the pleasure of swimming and floating in the Sea of Galilee and stayed at an amazing kibbutz nearby. It was nice to have long conversations with co-workers you don’t usually get to catch up with, make impromptu music videos, and laugh all night long while playing games.

We ended the retreat with an amazing late lunch at a spot that was on a mountain overlooking the sea. It is hard to come back from such an event and not feel re-energized, more connected to your colleagues, and grateful to work for such an awesome organization.

So always remember to remove yourself from the fast lane sometimes and take a second to enjoy the experiences, people, and happiness that surrounds you.

There’s always time to create great memories!

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