Marina works part-time for the firm as an Operations Associate. Most of Marina’s work involves opening accounts and other operational aspects of working with our custodians. Often, it involves conforming to strict deadlines, so Marina prioritizes time critical work. “Sometimes, my work is time sensitive. I’m able to coordinate with other Sensible team members, ensuring the work is done well and on time.”
During her four days a week at work, she and her husband, Frank, juggle work, taking care of their home, and caring for their 13-month-old daughter, Elira. Frank, a Cost Analyst, already worked from home full-time, so he had a workspace and routine in place before the pandemic hit. Marina, however, was a remote work rookie and had to get used to a different atmosphere.
With the couple both working from home, they needed more space. They converted their guestroom to an office and bought a printer, a second monitor, and a wireless keyboard to work more efficiently. It’s working, according to Marina, who says she’s more productive than she thought she’d be.
“I work the same number of hours and keep approximately the same schedule,” she says. “Sometimes I log off for a bit when my daughter needs me, but I make up for it later. I’m lucky to have my mother nearby. She babysits for Elira, which is great, especially when I have meetings.”
To keep healthy, Marina walks during her former commuting time and the whole family walks at the end of the workday.
Marina enjoys working from home. “It’s nice to be together as a family. We eat lunch together most days and I don’t miss the commute a bit.”
When asked for suggestions for other parents, Marina says, “I take advantage of naps. When the baby goes down, I log back on and get a lot of my work done.”
- Does she have a dedicated office? Yes
- Does she listen to music while she works? No
- What’s on her desk? A picture of her and her husband at the beach
- Does she like remote work? Yes!