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Is it okay if I take some afternoons off to go surfing?

I have never missed quota and in fact have broken the company record on quota attainment.


I love surfing and have recently been taking more afternoons off to go. I love it.


As long as I'm hitting my number, is that okay? Obviously I don't tell my manager lol. I probably take anywhere from 1 to 2 afternoons off a week. It also forces me to really grind it out before noon.

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Chep
WR Officer
+10
Business Development Team Lead
If you are hitting the goals you have zero to be worried about. Sometimes I think "getting paid" to do something you love, like surfing, is exactly the kind of mental break employees need to exceed goals when they're actually grinding.
thegrinch
Politicker
+5
SDR
I completely agree! It makes you a lot more grateful to your company too when you are given that flexibility.ย 
Salespreuner
Big Shot
+11
Regional Sales Director
Depends on your goal and schedule for the week
If you're super good at quotas and cool with KPIs in line, shouldn't be a problem
Just enjoy and kill it๐Ÿ”ฅ
IMO
thegrinch
Politicker
+5
SDR
I agree with you! I just wish everyone thought this way!
SA
SADNES5
Politicker
+6
Business Development
To be honest, just make sure you keep the surf part private from your coworkers. If you're crushing your numbers, the "secret sauce" should remain secret.ย 

Good on you!
thegrinch
Politicker
+5
SDR
I know! People will get jealous. It's innate in us. "Why is he having so much fun and producing twice as much me? Gosh I hate him"
SA
SADNES5
Politicker
+6
Business Development
Totally fine. You're not paid to warm a chair. If you can exceed quota you're a champ.ย 
thegrinch
Politicker
+5
SDR
Appreciate you!
Prizrak
Politicker
+6
Disruptor of worlds
You know how many deals I've got by going out doing things? If I get a deal while boating, is that okay? Does it still count if I was having fun while working?ย 



What about posting pics to social and meeting others that like surfing that end up buying your product because you were out surfing?ย 

If the company says anything having those sort of deals handy helps. Cause you tell them I closed 6M worth of deals from surfing this year. Should we take those back since that doesn't count as work?ย 

All the best car salesmen used to say that they hang out in the service bay and bullshit with the service guys all day. Guess whos the first guy to hear about a customer that just got told his car is toast?ย 
thegrinch
Politicker
+5
SDR
I completely agree. Good things happen when we do what we want to do!!!
Rallier
Politicker
+9
Account Executive
I think that's 100% okay. In my world, you can basically do whatever you want if you're hitting quota
thegrinch
Politicker
+5
SDR
I completely agree! I just wish everyone thought like this!
swizard
Celebrated Contributor
+9
Sales Evangelist
As long as you are beating the crap out of the ambitious sales targets - be my guest! nobody cares if you sit at your desk for 4 hours 8 or 12..ย 
thegrinch
Politicker
+5
SDR
Ha! Tell that to my manager
slaydie
Politicker
+5
Account Executive
100% - that's one of the best parts about sales, you are running your own business!
thegrinch
Politicker
+5
SDR
I completely agree!
CaneWolf
Politicker
+12
Call me what you want, just sign the damn contract
I wouldn't give a shit if I was your manager. You're probably fine BUT there are some assholes out there. Don't broadcast it though.
thegrinch
Politicker
+5
SDR
Can you come be my manager please? I definitely don't tell anyone.ย 
TheFemaleWolf
Opinionated
+3
Director of Sales
What ^ saidย @CaneWolfย 

As long as youโ€™re putting in real effort and crushing it, do your thing. Would be toxic advice to say keep doing it on the low and hope you donโ€™t get caught because thatโ€™s how people get fired.ย 

Management perspective: Honesty is the best policy but we all go into sales for the freedom and flex.

If youโ€™ve got a cool boss that trusts you, maybe negotiate a deal that you can do what you love as long as you keep crushing? Never know. I did that with my peeps for baseball and golf.ย 
goose
Politicker
+10
Sales Executive
I knew a rep out west that wouldn't schedule meetings before 10 am since he surfed every day. ย If you are asking for permission you are doing it wrong. ย Enjoy the ride.
thegrinch
Politicker
+5
SDR
Love that goose. 'If you're asking for permission you are doing it wrong'
goose
Politicker
+10
Sales Executive
It's easier to ask for forgiveness than permission.
Lambda
Politicker
+6
Sales Consultant
hit your target metrics and quotas, if thats how you want to spend your time i would encourage it if i were your manager/employer
stanrym
Valued Contributor
+5
CEO
keep doing it, but in secret
be
bevering
Contributor
+1
Business development Director
Go for it, its what you achieve not the hours you work.
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