On Monday, Groupon employees experienced a more seamless segue into the work week when Arianna Huffington paid a visit. Huffington, co-founder and CEO of Huffington Post, as well as author of the book Thrive, spoke about her professional and personal life, and the importance of a healthy balance between the two. Thrive focuses on unplugging, mindfulness, and getting a good night’s sleep in order to feel more centered and also be more productive at work.
Groupon is known for its quirky culture and our offices boast plenty of oases for when employees need some R&R. But behind the irreverent and relaxed facade is a business that is propelled by the hard work of our employees. Growing from a small team in 2009 to 10,000+ employees worldwide was no easy feat—plenty of hours of dedication, passion, and not-taking-ourselves-too-seriously affirmations enabled Groupon to grow so astronomically in half a decade.
Working at a tech company, the thought of unplugging and practicing more mindfulness can be difficult to put into practice, but Huffington gave sound advice on how to effectively integrate these ideas into daily life. Neglecting our well-being is something many of us are guilty of from time to time, including Arianna Huffington. The main driver for her to re-evaluate her priorities was an unfortunate incident 8 years ago where she collapsed from exhaustion, sleep deprivation, and burnout. “As I came to in my own pool of blood, I had to ask myself the question ‘is this what success is?’” After recovering, she began to assess how she got to that point, and how to avoid a repeat of that event in the future. She spoke about the 4 important pillars to living a more fulfilling life:
Employees absorbed wisdom and shared laughs with Arianna, who quoted The Onion and cracked jokes about ex-husbands as well as the benefit of having a thick accent in America.
View From the Top aims to educate, enlighten, and develop Groupon employees via speakers from different industries, backgrounds, and cultures who have interesting and inspiring stories to tell. Previous speakers include Reshma Saujani, CEO of Girls Who Code, Sheila Talton, former SVP of Cisco, and Laura Rickets, co-owner of the Chicago Cubs.