From the time I was 24 years old, I set my mind to finding a career that could be flexible. I knew I wanted to be a mom, and all of the women I knew who had children and worked 80 hours-a-week PR jobs like me hardly saw their kids and had major mommy guilt. That life just didn’t seem sustainable to me.
Once I hit upon a platform—career and workplace advice—that I thought I could hang my hat on, I published a book and started working to establish my own business. I’m very lucky that I started early, because it took me from 2004 to the time I had my first child in 2008 to earn a solid living doing my own thing.
Today my children are five and two and I’m grateful every day for a career in which I can take them to activities, volunteer at school, and be with them when they’re sick. I do have a job, so I’m not around for everything. But I’m there for the things that matter. If my kids need me, I’m at their side—and then I go back to work at night after they’re in bed. My kids know who I am and they want to be with me most of all.
I support 1 Million for Work Flexibility because I want everyone to have the same freedom and opportunity to balance their lives this way. I don’t think anyone should be judged or held back by a manager who’s all about face time. The technology is here. The business world needs to get used to an environment that’s about results rather than when you showed up and who saw you.
Notice that I said everyone. I want work flexibility for moms, for dads, and for people who don’t have children but may have elderly relatives or just want to do something else with their time. Let’s own this issue and show organizations that if they want the best talent, they have to adopt best workforce practices. Join me and become one of the 1 Million for Work Flexibility.
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