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Encouraging Work-Life Balance

March 2020

Over the course of a lifetime, the average person will spend more than 13 years at work. If you include overtime hours or all the minutes spent checking your work email from home, the number increases. Furthermore, when you factor in your commute and lunch break, your workday can take up nearly half your day. We spend a lot of time at work.

There’s no way to avoid work altogether; after all, you need to pay the bills, provide for your family and have some fun along the way. You can’t necessarily quit working for the rest of your life, but you can choose to work at a company that respects your time outside of work. At Radiall, we want our employees to enjoy their personal lives, whether that means leaving work at a decent time every day to spend time with family, or being able to mentally unplug from work demands over the weekend. Enjoying life at work and outside of work is what work-life balance is all about.

Brewing Balance
Gérald Tredan is just one Radiall employee who experiences the benefits of work-life balance. By day, Gérald is an R&D Plating Manager at Radiall Centr’Alp. He develops new technologies and supports various departments with their plating issues. But by night, Gérald manages his very own at-home brewery, where he produces 15,000 bottles of beer every year.

Gérald discovered the world of brewing during a trip to San Diego ten years ago. In 2015, after three years of studying and reflecting, his dream finally became a reality when he opened his brewery, La Bonne Fabrique (The Good Factory). Gérald now spends his free time concocting unique brews and organizing workshops to promote the art of brewing in the town of Le Sappey-en-Chartreuse. He and his colleagues have even organized brewing workshops with the plating team at Radiall.

These workshops give Gérald the chance to share his hobby with coworkers and bring interests from his personal life to the office. His story shows that work-life balance doesn’t mean completely separating work life and personal life; it means that those entities don’t take time away from the other. Gérald observed that hobbies and work responsibilities often complement each other. He said, “There are many similarities between my hobby and my job. Brewing is about chemistry and measurements that must be respected.”

Work-life balance is important for all employees, not just those with at-home breweries. It allows employees to take their kids to sports practices, maintain friendships, pick up new hobbies and truly unwind on the weekends. We are proud to be a company that encourages its employees to maintain a healthy work-life balance and prioritize what matters most.  

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