Striking the Right Balance

As is so common in the water quality industry, Southeast Texas Water is a family business that goes back several generations. But like many in her generation, Catherine Gilby (whose grandparents, H.D. (“Tex”) and Emma Strait, bought the business back in the 1960s) was unsure whether water treatment was her calling.

There was one factor especially that led Catherine and her husband, Matt, to buy Southeast Texas Water from Catherine’s parents in 2011: the chance for a better work-life balance. “Growing up, I remember my dad was always available for me and my brothers, whether it be attending sporting events or school plays or simply being home for dinner,” Catherine said. “We also experienced that flexibility with my mom when she began working in the business after my younger brother started school.”

Finding the right work-life balance can be a challenge, whether a dealership is an established business like Southeast Texas Water, which has 18 year-round employees, or a brand new company that requires a large time commitment from just a few entrepreneurs or business partners. Of course, it is not just a challenge faced by this industry – across the U.S., business owners and employees struggle to strike the perfect balance.

How do you manage work-life balance at your business? How do you encourage your employees to do the same? Let us know in the comments or e-mail us at [email protected].

For more on the Gilbys and Southeast Texas Water, be sure to check out the October Dealer of the Month feature.

Kate Cline is editor-in-chief of WQP. Cline can be reached at [email protected] or 847.391.1007.

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