The work-life balance fallacy
Patrick MandicCEO

At Mavennet, we are a combination of engineers, management consultants, financial and industry professionals who work with clients to conceptualize and implement blockchain solutions for real-world enterprise applications

During the late ’80s the concept of work-life balance emerged to protect employees from abusively long hours. The appeal of a company started to no longer just be measured in hard income dollars; holidays and perks added a new dimension. Nowadays technology firms have stepped up their game, Netflix lets employees have unlimited vacation and Google provides employees with unlimited food, free transportation, etc.

Work-life balance is an important baseline, but it draws an iron curtain between work and life as if work was not part of life; oil and water. We spend the bulk of our lives sleeping and working, your work-life will affect your personal-life and vice versa, they cannot be separated; they need to be yin and yang.

At Mavennet, we do not offer big paychecks, nor extravagant perks, but we double down on something more valuable. If you recall Maslow’s pyramid, many firms are still stuck rewarding people at the wrong level. In a digital creative-focused economy, basic compensation of water, food, or money, will not materialize in better performance or happiness.  As a tech-innovator, we focus on rewarding at the most challenging, meaningful level: self-fulfillment.

How do we do this? We do it based on a combination of the following pillars:

  1. Needs: We do our best to make sure that work and private needs are always covered. Our ultimate goal is that our culture will one day be mature enough for people not only to choose their own vacation, but also their own salary.
  2. Purpose: We are aiming to help build the new fabric of the Internet, which will eventually enable new decentralized models and more fair society. Purpose is the highest level of motivators.
  3. Mastery: There is no innovation without learning. We strive to dedicate at least 20% of our time to learning.
  4. Freedom: Our focus is on maximum autonomy (and maximum ownership). Autonomy for us means being able to choose the time, tasks and tools needed to drive your own experiments.

These pillars help us break the iron curtain. They allow us to experience “flow” on a frequent basis, feel that we belong, that we matter, that we are here for something big and that at the very least, we will put a dent in our everyday universe.