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Single dad and the director of the company urges people to stop apologizing for ‘life’ in viral essay

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A father and the director of the company from Chicago, is winning applause for his emphatic message in a now-viral essay on LinkedIn, in which he begs people to stop apologizing for “the life” in a culture where “constant connectivity” is an unspoken expectation of many jobs.

Last week, Ian Sohn, the president of Wunderman Chicago, creative, data and technology bureau, took the career networking platform to plead with followers not to feel guilty for the fact that the priority of the “life” aspect of their work/life balance – especially during the upbringing of the children.

In the post, which has garnered almost 19,000 likes and over 700 comments, Sohn believes that, from a management perspective, he “must never know” if staff members can work online after dinner, avoided professional e-mail on a flight in favor of watching “Arrested Development”, or plan to go home early for their child’s soccer game.

Ian Sohn, pictured, is winning applause for his empathic message in a now-viral essay on LinkedIn.
(Ian Sohn)

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“I have never had the need to know why you can’t travel on a Sunday. I have never had the need to know why you don’t want to eat with me when I’m in your town on a Tuesday night,” the father of the sons of 12 and 8 wrote online, ” USA Today reports. “I have never had the need to know that you are working from home today, because you need just the silence.”

“I deeply resent how we have infantilized the workplace. How we feel we have to apologize for the fact that life. That we do not rely on the adults to make the right decisions,” Sohn continued. “How constant connectivity/availability (or even the perception of it) has become a valued skill.”

“I never want you to feel terrible for a human being,” he concluded.

“I deeply resent how we have infantilized the workplace. How we feel we have to apologize for the fact that life. That we do not rely on the adults to make the right decisions,” Sohn, photo, wrote, online.
(Ian Sohn)

Sohn attitude of the often discussed, a delicate balance of personal and professional obligations, has since been hailed as refreshingly honest and “amazing” by commenters.

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“As a single father of three boys, this is one of the most refreshing post I’ve read about the balance between work and private life. Thank you for this!” a user said. “People don’t leave bad companies, they leave bad managers.”

“This is great! No parent… but I also believe that this applies to everyone. (And Arrested Development seasons 1-3 are fantastic,)” another agreed.

As for the essay of the wider impact, Sohn told USA Today that he was surprised some people went so far as to describe him as “brave” for sharing his opinion.

“Like any modern business … there is an extra need to respect the lives of other people and the environment you work in, and everyone is responsible for getting their work to do,” Wunderman president thought.

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“[Commenters] each read and found it suitable for their own situation,” he said. “I find that so interesting.”

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