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You Don’t Need My Permission

Written By: Lauren Howard

You don’t need my permission.

If you work for me, you don’t need to justify your life outside of work.

You have work outside of your life.

You don’t need my permission to check out if your kid is sick.

You don’t need my approval for a family emergency.

You don’t need my blessing to take your PTO.

You don’t need to push through illness to prove that you’re devoted.

You don’t need to be ashamed about asking for a mental health day.

You don’t even need to tell me it’s a mental health day. It’s a day, and you need it.

I hire smart people who know how to work on a team.

If you need coverage because life happens, speak up. We’ll show up.

You tell me what you need. You already know what I need as part of your role.

As a leader, my job is to hire smart people and get out of their way.

You need a supportive management structure that wants you to do your best work and understands that your best work is only possible when the other stuff is managed.

That’s how you get dedicated, invested, long-term employees—by treating them like humans first.

Live your life and do your job, not the other way around.


Founder & CEO at elletwo


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