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A Human Resources Pro Offers Businesses Tips for Achieving Work/Life Integration

Barreto says companies need to take several steps to ensure they are building a culture that works in today’s environment:

• Define your current and desired workplace culture. What does life-work integration mean to you?

• Review all your policies and procedures regarding work schedules to identify opportunities to tailor individual work/life schedules. Like employee recognition, it is no longer a one-size-fits-all approach.

• Assess the tools you are supplying employees to ensure they have the necessary resources to stay in touch and engaged.

• Speaking of engagement, be sure to teach leaders to have new, ongoing and different ways to stay in touch. Leaders set the tone and need to model the way.

• Build a culture that encourages, supports and appreciates ongoing learning—not just work skills, but rather all skills, including those learned through new and exciting travel experiences. Create opportunities to share lessons learned about diverse cultures.

• Identify what behaviors are and should be rewarded in your organization.

• Be sure to review your website and social media and give them a brand assessment. “I often find career pages to be so very bland. They should reflect the culture of the organization and serve as one of the ways you create interest in working at your organization.” Videos, commitment to social responsibility, flexibility and innovative benefits (e.g., “workations”) will no doubt drive interest.

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Drew Limsky

Drew Limsky

Editor-in-Chief

BIOGRAPHY

Drew Limsky joined Lifestyle Media Group in August 2020 as Editor-in-Chief of South Florida Business & Wealth. His first issue of SFBW, October 2020, heralded a reimagined structure, with new content categories and a slew of fresh visual themes. “As sort of a cross between Forbes and Robb Report, with a dash of GQ and Vogue,” Limsky says, “SFBW reflects South Florida’s increasingly sophisticated and dynamic business and cultural landscape.”

Limsky, an avid traveler, swimmer and film buff who holds a law degree and Ph.D. from New York University, likes to say, “I’m a doctor, but I can’t operate—except on your brand.” He wrote his dissertation on the nonfiction work of Joan Didion. Prior to that, Limsky received his B.A. in English, summa cum laude, from Emory University and earned his M.A. in literature at American University in connection with a Masters Scholar Award fellowship.

Limsky came to SFBW at the apex of a storied career in journalism and publishing that includes six previous lead editorial roles, including for some of the world’s best-known brands. He served as global editor-in-chief of Lexus magazine, founding editor-in-chief of custom lifestyle magazines for Cadillac and Holland America Line, and was the founding editor-in-chief of Modern Luxury Interiors South Florida. He also was the executive editor for B2B magazines for Acura and Honda Financial Services, and he served as travel editor for Conde Nast. Magazines under Limsky’s editorship have garnered more than 75 industry awards.

He has also written for many of the country’s top newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Miami Herald, Boston Globe, USA Today, Worth, Robb Report, Afar, Time Out New York, National Geographic Traveler, Men’s Journal, Ritz-Carlton, Elite Traveler, Florida Design, Metropolis and Architectural Digest Mexico. His other clients have included Four Seasons, Acqualina Resort & Residences, Yahoo!, American Airlines, Wynn, Douglas Elliman and Corcoran. As an adjunct assistant professor, Limsky has taught journalism, film and creative writing at the City University of New York, Pace University, American University and other colleges.