Motherhood Highlights Appreciation for v-Fluence’s Culture
When I began working for v-Fluence Interactive three years ago one of the appealing aspects about the company was its flexible work environment. Team members are welcome to work from a home office and I relished not having to get dressed for an office job every day, saving money on gas and working from the comfort of my couch. Additionally, my hopes were that when my husband and I had children working at v-Fluence would allow me to continue working a job I love while not sacrificing time away from our new baby.
In July 2010 these hopes were realized when my husband and I welcomed our first son into the world. Because I don’t have to commute to an office, I don't have to worry about daycare costs, the morning routine of packing up a baby and diaper bag or the challenge many working moms, including my own, faced when confronted with the prospect of being away from their new babies all day. v-Fluence’s embrace of family-time and allowing employees to keep home-life a priority is part of what sets the company apart from other companies and is what makes me feel so fortunate to work here.
Although I consider myself lucky, working at home and being a new mother isn't easy. Before my son was born, whenever people would offer me sage wisdom, such as “Babies change everything,” or question me, “Won’t it be hard to work from home with a baby?” or “How will you get anything done?” I would always nod in agreement or smile and say “Oh, I’ll work while he sleeps! Babies sleep all the time, don’t they?”
My naivety as a first-time expectant mother is almost humorous, now. Having a child means learning how to live again, but this time with someone else’s wants and needs taking priority over your own. This metamorphosis filtered into my work responsibilities, as well. Now, my gym-breaks are play-breaks; running out to meet friends for lunch has become planning a dinner in advance; working from the comfort of my couch morphed into working from the rocker in the baby’s room. I have become skilled at typing a report one-handed while bouncing a baby with the other, working efficiently and effectively during nap times and adjusting my schedule so I can start earlier and work later in order to accommodate my son’s necessary feedings, diaper-changes and play-breaks.
Being a parent who works from home definitely comes with its challenges and I’m still learning the game, but I don’t take a day of being home with my son for granted. Because I am here everyday, I can catch each stage of his development, including his beautiful smile and that elusive 3-month-old laugh.
v-Fluence Interactive prides itself on a flexible work environment and culture that fosters collaboration, enterprise and community among our team members—despite their geographic separation across company hubs in Boston, Chicago, New York, St. Louis, San Diego and Washington, D.C. Our culture instills and nourishes the individual, entrepreneurial and collaborative skills of our team members. We invest in the ongoing professional growth of our team members and respect and accommodate their individual needs to achieve a solid balance between their personal and professional goals. To learn more about our culture and people, stay up to date with our company blog!
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