'I would like to take a moment and make something clear to everyone.'
Back in November 2014, Vice President Joe Biden sent a seemingly everyday memo to his staffers.
But on Aug. 6, 2016, it resurfaced online after Gavin Newsom, the lieutenant governor of California, posted a photo of the memo to his Facebook wall.
And it started to get the internet's attention.
The photo of the memo, which was published in a recent issue of Esquire, spells out how Biden really feels about work-life balance.
Here's how the memo goes (emphasis added is mine):
To My Wonderful Staff,
I would like to take a moment and make something clear to everyone. I do not expect, nor do I want, any of you to miss or sacrifice important family obligations for work. Family obligations include, but are not limited to, family birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, any religious ceremonies, such as first communions and bar mitzvahs, graduations, and times of need, such as an illness or a loss in the family. This is very important to me. In fact, I will go so far as to say that if I find out that you are working with me while missing important family responsibilities, it will disappoint me greatly. This has been an unwritten rule since my days in the Senate.
Thank you all for the hard work.
Biden's memo echoes what the facts have said for quite some time now: Americans should make work-life balance a priority.
Making sure we're spending time unplugged from work — hanging out with loved ones, getting some fresh air, even just watching a favorite sitcom to take a break from the daily grind — does the body (and mind) good.
Work-life balance is better for you and your employer.
Unfortunately, not everyone in the U.S. has the luxury to take advantage of these work-life balance benefits — mostly those in low-income or blue collar roles, who have less say in their work schedules and need to be on the clock as much as possible to make ends meet.
Judging from the comments on Newsom's post, Biden's memo is definitely resonating with lots of people.
The vice president doesn't get everything right all the time. But on this issue — and one or two others — he really does get it.
Thanks for looking out, Joe.