A couple months ago, I was at the Mikarose office in a meeting. Since having my baby, it has been difficult to get things done. My time was no longer my own, and anything I planned had to be done either around my baby’s schedule or with the help of babysitters.
Sitting in the office while discussing writing and marketing ideas with the Mikarose crew, I could not help but notice an amazing thing. Most of the women in the meeting were mothers and we all had our children with us. Before becoming a mother, I would not have thought about why having a baby friendly workplace would be significant. As far as I was concerned, work was work, and I should not mix that with my personal life. Since having my baby, my attitude and perspectives have changed.
It made the meeting go a little bit longer, but it was worth it. I cannot begin to tell you how wonderful it was to take my baby to work with me. The kids were able to play together while we brainstormed. I did not have to stress about losing out on spend time with my baby nor about finding someone I trusted to care for my child.
I did not write this article to talk about what a great company Mikarose is (although I honestly think they are) but because I have realized how important be wise about where you work. In choosing your workplace think about the things that are important to you? Is it going to give you time to do that? Think about the kind of people that help you to grow and be happy. Are you surrounded by people like that where you work? Do you thrive in an environment of fun? Competition? Or creativity?
Take the time to figure out what kind of work environment work for you. Then pick a place that fits that idea. If not, then work towards promoting that kind of atmosphere at your current job. We spend at least 8 hours a day at work. Shouldn’t we try to be at a place that fills our needs in more than just a monetary sense.
I would love to hear from you. In the comments section, tell me how your current place of work fills your needs. Or of one action you will take this week to promote a better environment at work.
Laureen Oliphant writes, speaks, coaches, organizes writing retreats, and converses with amazing mothers. Giving birth to her son was a pivotal moment in her career. It drastically changed her perspective of the world. Because she understands the value of being ambitious in and outside of the home, she created 2 Clarify. 2 Clarify is focused on empowering women who are growing a business as well as a family to find BALANCE & SUCCESS through clarity. Mompreneurs are great influencers. She wants to empower them to change the world.