Our lives don’t fit 9 am to 5 pm every day. I say, don’t fight it, work with it.
It comes down to flexibility. I choose to integrate, rather than compartmentalize, the things that matter in life. I see this as the ability to do some of the things I love, with the people I love doing those things with, when it makes the most sense for them. To ”compartmentalize” would probably mean get kids to school, work until 5, then wait until dinner with the family to find out about what I missed. To ”integrate” means I do a little more mixing and matching. For example, I might take a few hours out of my work schedule because I can be there for the things that really matter to my kids - and to me. I get to live the things I might otherwise only hear about around the dinner table.
These things all fall in the bucket of: What I will not give up. I swim. I’m into drama and I’m studying at Second City right now (Saturday Night Live, here I come!). I love participating in my kids’ lives in and around school activities. Thanks to our flexible way of working at PwC, I can integrate all these things in my life. When I work, I am all in. When I am at Second City, I am all in. It can be done!
We’ve worked hard at PwC to build a culture where it is very safe to discuss and grant flexibility requests, and it’s acceptable to try different things.
It starts with you, though. It may take a little courage at first, but be honest with your colleagues about what you’re passionate about. I like that we are open to trying new ways of working; breaking a bit of that “nine-to-five” mold.
We know you want more than to “just do work”. But we can’t guess at what else you might want… so ask! Look for mentors that can share with you what flexibility has looked like for them. You may be surprised about how this also informs your career trajectory. By building this network of mentors, you’ll not only be more comfortable in your understanding of how to be flexible at work, and you’ll draw from the career experiences of your mentorship circles. You might just get a glimpse into your future with PwC… so what do you have to lose?
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