by Ashley Trout · 25 Aug 2020 · 5 min read
The coronavirus outbreak has required everyone to abruptly adjust their entire lives with little to no warning or time for preparation. Schools across the country closed in a matter of days, many businesses were suddenly forced to work from home until further notice, and individuals everywhere were left wondering how to get the basic daily necessities. As the founder and CEO of a company as well as the mother to a young boy, creating and sticking to this new normal has been quite an adjustment and doing it from multiple angles has been nothing short of a challenge.
Before the COVID-19 pandemic, many companies were resistant to implementing remote work for a variety of reasons such as concerns about technology and infrastructure, a lack of trust that employees would get their jobs done, the longstanding (and understandable) bias in favor of face-to-face interactions, or some combination of these factors. However, not only has the COVID-19 pandemic forced many companies to switch to remote work despite their reservations, it's clear at this point that it's going to be very hard to put the genie back in the bottle. Remote work is here to stay, at least partially. By analyzing the pros and cons of remote work we've witnessed over the past few months, we can apply various insights towards maximizing its benefits while minimizing the downsides.
What if you could make your own dreams of success come true AND be a loving mother to your children all at the same time?Yes, it's not easy. Balancing a career and motherhood is a challenge for many modern-day females. Moms aren't only expected to be caretakers of their children; they continue to be subjected to gender stereotypes, and they take on so much unpaid labor while also being under a lot of pressure to succeed and be able to provide for their families. But it's not impossible. Let me tell you how I made it all happen.