How do you find your work/life balance?
I’ve worked in many different types of roles, from manufacturer to housing developer, on both the sell side and buy side, and what I’ve found is that I have much greater flexibility here at KKR than in my previous positions. At this firm, you are judged on what you do and how you do it - not when you do it. If we need to go to the gym, leave the office to take care of family members, or rearrange calendars around school schedules, we can choose to do so, and many of us, both male and female, do exactly that.
However, flexibility is a two way street. While the firm enables me to have a meaningful work life balance and to be there when my children or parents need me, I’m also accessible at unconventional hours of the day. As my team spans the United States of America, Europe and Asia, flexible work-life isn’t a luxury, but a requirement. Striking the right rhythm and balancing priorities takes time, but I’ve reached a place that my family and I are happy with. For example, I’m willing to travel any weekday, but during the weekends my three children are my top priority.
Most importantly, it’s okay to ask for help. There won’t be more hours in a day, but you can get help with some of the regular routine things you have to manage at home. For every questionable look you get from other parents at your children’s school, there will be others who wish they had your life.
Secondly, be present. My little ones are the best at calling me out for not being present. If I’m checking email while dancing with them or thinking about work while we play, they know I’m not really with them. I’ve learned to be more present now, soaking up all the knowledge and lessons they have for me when I’m with them and not try to multi task.