Organizational and corporate leaders sometimes have a skewed idea of how people set their priorities. Leaders, especially in large companies, often have work as one of their top priorities. That's how they got where they are. It is natural they assume others have a similar perspective.
But that isn't the reality.
I run my own business and work still isn't my main priority!
I have other areas of my life that are more important. Other pieces of who I am that come first. And sometimes that means I don't land a client, or I refuse a speaking engagement, or I ignore that important event. And I get away with it, because I am the boss.
But when employees do these very same things, higher ups are often confused. And frustrated. Especially when the employee is a younger employee.
What do you mean you missed that networking event this week? Sure it was in the evening, but work is a priority!
What do you mean you didn't call that person back within 24 hours? Yes, it was the weekend, but it would have taken 5 minutes!
What do you mean...insert missed opportunity and correlating reason it would be perfectly simple to have made it work.
And it is true that employees CAN make a lot work. And many of them do.
But, many employees put work lower on their priority list than you may. And you either need to be okay with that, or be very clear in your hiring process what the expectations of the company are.
Because it is not okay to assume an employee will be going to evening events.
Or answering calls on the weekend.
Or...list any number of other expectations employers have of "dedicated" employees.
You hire your employees to do a specific job, within specific time periods. Anything more than that is not something you can expect.