VP Dad Goes Viral: ‘Never Feel Bad About Not Being in the Office from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.’

Research has shown that employees are more loyal and productive when they have work-life balance. Still, many companies insist on measuring a person’s job commitment, in part, by their ability to adhere to a rigid schedule. This leaves those who work remotely or need flexible schedules sometimes feeling guilty about using such benefits.

Paul Salamanca, a New York–based dad and the VP of Enterprise Sales in North America for vArmour, an application security policy management company, has a refreshing perspective on the subject. As long as his team members perform well, he does not need to see them working because he trusts in how they manage their time.

“No one sees you recording yourself pitch 📹 in the basement after your family goes to bed the night before your big presentation.
“No one needs to see you do these things.
“Never feel bad not being in the office from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. every day as an Enterprise rep… as long as you know you’re doing your thing…
“Only YOU know when you had a great day,” he wrote in a LinkedIn post last week.

He continued by encouraging them to spend more time with family when they meet their goals or to achieve work-life balance, writing:
“Crushed everything by 4 p.m.? ✅
“Go reward yourself by leaving to see your kid’s soccer game.
“You missed three days with the family because of being on the road?
“It’s OK to take the kids to school the next morning and have a coffee date with your spouse before heading into the office.”

Ending his post, he reminded them that more office hours don’t necessarily mean more sales, and that milestones are more important than minutes. And when someone in the office questions why they have not been in the office, he advised them to let their performance “do the talking.”

Plenty of bosses, not just in sales, think the worst of their employees when they aren’t in the office. The VP dad, on the other hand, trusts that his team is working hard if their goals are being met.

Paul’s message has resonated with individuals in other industries, and currently has over 1.7k reactions and over 100 comments. One user admitted they had to leave a company for having a strict 8-5 schedule, despite being their No. 1 rep. “Preaching to the choir, Paul. I couldn’t agree more. Sadly, there are dinosaurs out there that still correlate hours in the office to ‘looking like you’re working hard,’” they wrote.

“There’s so much that successful people do outside of ‘office hours’ to prepare and practice. More time in the office does not equate to higher performance. Know what you need to do and make it happen!” a user added.

Another nicely summed up our thoughts on the post, commenting, “Family is forever. So make the time at work at count since it’s not who you are but it’s what you do. Let your results show your priorities.”