Temperance in the Workplace

March 1, 2018

Temperance is balance in practice. It guides how hard we work, how hard we play, and even guides us moment by moment, deciding how much coffee we drink. Temperance is essential to sound judgment and self-awareness, holding us accountable to our work and reminding us when we’ve given too much or too little. Temperance is a practiced virtue that, to exercise daily, is a choice, teaching us that with finding the right balance comes success.

1. Perfection vs. Obsession

We all know the feeling. You’ve been working on the same project for weeks, focused on tiny details, unable to move on until it looks just “right”. Though perfectionism in the workplace can often be seen as an asset, it can quickly become more of a vice than a virtue. Temperance encourages us to rein in our perfectionist tendencies. It helps us to accept what is simply “good enough” and to find the balance between obsession and satisfaction, helping us avoid wasted energy. Rather than getting stuck on one idea that we can’t seem to see past, temperance enables us to see the big picture, to work better and more efficiently, thereby increasing our productivity and allowing us to contribute more to the team as a whole.

2. Work Hard, Play Hard

At Jelly, we like to have fun. Whether it’s a Friday afternoon board game or an inspiring team building day, we see the importance of taking time in and out of the office to come together to build stronger, more meaningful relationships within our team. We believe that creating a playful space helps the team unwind, engage, and think outside of the box. Ultimately, we know that temperance is the sweet spot where fun and business can co-exist. Temperance means that we don’t sacrifice work for fun, rather, the fun we have creates an environment that encourages us to work harder and more collaboratively to deliver the best results for our clients.