How do you find your work/life balance?
As with most professions today, I find that it’s a constant balancing act to ensure I spend enough time for both my work and family. I’d love to spend more time on both.
Having too many things going on in my life that I enjoy is a nice problem to have. But I also work really hard to ensure I do not neglect the things that matter most. I am lucky to have worked for a PE firm that has a very pragmatic approach to working flexibly – different PE firms have different policies and cultures around that.
It is an industry which is well suited to working in a flexible manner because as a major shareholder in the businesses that you invest into you can, to a large extent, set the timeframes and schedules around meetings and major projects. When you are an adviser, you don’t get the opportunity to do that as much.
I’m a firm believer in the fact that flexibility in the workplace needs to go both ways – there are times when the job has to come first, and there are other times when your family has to come first. I think that’s the secret to making workplace flexibility work for both employee and employer.