A Day in the Life of a Remote Working Parent – Meet Katrina from Shield GEO
Setting up a culture of flexible work is extremely important to us. Of the 26 people Shield GEO employs, 17 work remotely full time and many of the nine who work in the offices (London and Sydney) work from home at least once a week. Further flexible work opportunities include allowing all employees to set their own work hours, encouraging our employees to take a workcation (a time of travelling while maintaining full-time work), as well as making up time away from the desk another time.
Setting up a culture of flexible work is extremely important to us. Of the 26 people Shield GEO employs, 17 work remotely full time and many of the nine who work in the offices (London and Sydney) work from home at least once a week.
Further flexible work opportunities include allowing all employees to set their own work hours, encouraging our employees to take a workcation (a time of travelling while maintaining full-time work), as well as making up time away from the desk another time.
As long as meetings and deadlines are met, employees can work from anywhere in the world during the schedule that works best for them.
We believe that remote work will continue to play a large part in the workforce moving forward.
To highlight how remote work can help employees achieve a healthy work-life balance, we’re sharing the stories of some of our employees to discover how remote work works for them.
Katrina is an account manager with Shield GEO which means she is a point of contact for GEO employees and clients from all over the world. She fields any questions and works with the finance team to run payroll and invoicing between clients and local partners.
Katrina, lives with her daughter and husband about an hour and a half outside of London, UK.
She’s a coffee fiend and has up to five or six cups a day to keep her energised and motivated.
Katrina’s been with us since June 2018 when her childhood friend Kelly Dowsett who is also an account manager with Shield told her about an opening in the company.
“I wasn’t actually looking for a new job,” Katrina says. “But I thought, ‘if I can get what [Kelly’s] got with [her] son, with my daughter Olivia that’d be great!”
The flexibility of remote work attracted Katrina to the role as she saw how it was working for Kelly and her family — completely different to Katrina’s previous situation.
Katrina first went back to work at her previous company when Olivia was 6 months old. She worked four days a week in London, an hour and a half commute from her home.
“You make it work because you have to,” she says “But it was so tiring [and] I wasn’t spending any quality time with [Olivia].”
The travel to and from the city also put extra pressure on child care.
“I’m lucky enough to have family look after [Olivia] when I’m at work,” Katrina says
“But it was a lot of pressure to be there earlier and leave later on the days I was in the office.”
Katrina also found she had to really fight to have a four-day week and to take one day from home. She didn’t feel supported or understood by her employers.
“[When you have a small child], you just want to spend as much time with them as possible.”
Katrina’s Day in the life
Now, Katrina’s days look vastly different. She sets her schedule around Olivia’s timetable and ensures she has plenty of time with her at the beginning and end of the day. She’s also able to make time to work alongside Kelly from home which adds a social aspect to working alone.
“Now, Olivia wakes up, and I get to have an hour and a half with her in the morning where I get to feed her, get her dressed, play with her, and then she goes off with my mum.”
Olivia will also spend about an hour in the afternoon with Katrina as she’s finishing up her workday.
“She’s back here by 3:30 or 4 o’ clock and I have so much time with her in the afternoon.”...read more.
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