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A New Year’s Reflection and the Endless Pressure of Success

Author: Ashley Kaye

Guest Editor: Aydin Emami

January 9, 2020 9:40am

As we begin a new year, many of us have already done the hard work of reflecting on the past twelve months and identifying resolutions to carry us through the next.  Many professionals, particularly in the grueling field of law, have a work hard / work harder approach to life.  We want to succeed, and we will do everything we can to achieve that success.  Perhaps many of our resolutions even center around achieving those career goals.

But what about those other aspects of life that far too often are neglected?

I have been shocked to learn that many other companies and firms allow employees to take off Christmas day only, rather than Christmas Eve.  What of family traditions?  Relaxation the day before what is most likely a hectic day of opening gifts and other frenzied activity?  The sad truth is the more successful we become, the more pressure there is to keep pushing and keep climbing that ladder, at the expense of what are truly the finer things in life: family, friends, love, play, and even fun.

Tyson & Mendes understands.  Every December it holds an annual Holiday Party at the La Jolla Country Club, an entire day for the firm to come together from around the country to mix and mingle over hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, and live entertainment.  Management closes the firm both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, allowing more time to spend with family and friends.  On that note, it also closes both New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, which is practically unheard of these days.

Embracing our humanity does not have to be at the expense of succeeding in business.  One key component of a successful business is actively showing employees they are valued and taken care of.  T&M as a whole also encourages its hardworking employees, who bend over backwards to ensure the grueling work of litigation is completed with excellence, to take time off throughout the year.  It knows balanced employees are happy employees, and happy employees are excellent employees.

As we jump-start the new year, let us all remember we are humans, not machines.  This is a reminder from the T&M Family to you that family, relationships, and fun are not just optional indulgences every once in a while – they are essential.  If you would like to learn more about how to join the T&M team, reach out to Carmen Lam at clam@tysonmendes.com.

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