At Venn Group, we are committed to supporting all of our parents and enabling them to thrive in their work lives, whilst helping them to achieve the right work life balance. Raising children is a job in itself, but with the encouragement and support of a strong network, our parents/carers are able to focus on their family and careers; going to seminars, speaking at events, holding workshops, being innovative, whilst working alongside supportive teams and demonstrating that you can do both.
Meet some of our parents:
You work part time with three teenage children, do you think your children have benefited from you having this work life balance? What’s the most rewarding thing with being a working mum?
Elly Hanna: “My kids have seen me transition through several different working statuses’. What’s been important about this is they have learnt the importance of flexing and adapting to make things work. Sometimes it’s harder, sometimes it’s easier but it is doable. They have also witnessed from this that commitment and loyalty to your employer is a two-way thing. If I need to take a call or respond to an email they understand, as this has meant I can then be at that match or performance. I love being a Mum and am always grateful to be on the adventure that is parenthood. However, the status of a Mum can very easily become all-consuming, so I enjoy having the balance of my career, where I am defined by me and not a title.”
Have you always worked since becoming a mother? What is the biggest lesson you have learnt that maybe you have passed down to your children and then will pass down to your grandchildren?
Joanna Govey: “When I became a mother, I never stopped working, however the company I was working for could not give me the flexibility that I needed in order to care for my girls as necessary, so I had to change my career. The words of advice I have passed down to my daughters and granddaughter is to be independent. If there is something you want to achieve, find a way to accomplish it yourself. It’s fine to ask for help and support but not to become dependent on others.”
How do you balance work and being a Dad?
Simon Gregory: "My journey to and from work (around 45 mins) is beneficial for balance. When I leave home in the morning it gives me a chance to switch off from 'Dad mode' and prepare for the day ahead. On the other side my journey home from work gives me time to tie up any loose work ends and get excited to see my daughter.
It does become a little much sometimes as it can feel like all you are doing is working or being a parent and there is no rest. However, the reason I work is for my daughter and wife so I can give them as much as possible. There is no better feeling than being able to treat them to something nice because of the work you have put in.
Becoming a parent for the first time is the scariest thing and doesn't get easier, you just get better at it!"
Did your parents teach you to have a strong work ethic? How important is it that your children see your work ethic and what do you hope they will learn?
Irma Dzikaite: “I never remember my dad not going to work; he believed that you should only skip work if you are physically not capable of getting out of the house, my mum always said that if your boss expects 100% from you, try to give 120%. They emphasised how important it is to go above and beyond the call of duty, support your colleagues and perform at your best. I try to do the same with my children and lead by example. It is very important that they learn this at the early stage. I am sure that they will understand that bear minimum is not always the best approach, although it is very tempting. Doing your best and constantly learning helps to develop and progress in life – sometimes it feels like they’re starting to understand!”
You’re strong willed and confident but what’s the difference for you before you had your son to now as a working mother and how important was it for you to go back after working?
Rula Tripolitaki: “Being a working mum means that my career matters more than ever before. I think for anyone being away from a child, particularly when they are little, it has to be for a very good reason. For me it’s important to model behaviour and show them what hard work looks like, even if it means my being absent. However, if that absence is not laced with clear purpose and enjoyment (whatever that means for someone personally), then that in itself is the wrong kind of modelling.”
Congratulations! You are a very positive driven person; do you think that will naturally be part of your child? What are you excited about teaching your baby when they grow older?
Jennifer Brook: “There are three key lessons I as a new mum am looking forward to teaching. 1) Positivity: positivity breeds positivity so whilst I absolutely know this is going to be the biggest challenge of my life so far, I am quite set on creating an environment that will mean they feel they can accomplish anything through positive belief. 2) Independence will also play a really large part of what we teach them as this is so important to me and has led to opening doors I previously wouldn’t have done for that very reason. 3) Kindness is also a game changer for me and being kind, will lead to being happy which is ultimately our overall parenting goal”