I joined Gartner’s team of analysts from the product management world. I had spent a lot of time on the other side of the table – working directly with analysts as my own team launched a product. Now it was my turn to share the insights and advice with clients.
Immediately after joining the team, I started to work from home, where we had 4 children aged between 1 and 9 to care for. Though, unlike now, my meetings all occurred over the phone rather than video conferencing. Still, as many have learned during this year, you can stumble upon a number of challenges when working remotely – including finding a quiet workspace away from your family.
However, the overriding benefit was great flexibility in my schedule that enabled me to stay engaged with my kids as they grew. I was able to coach teams, attend midday school events and be home with them after school. It also meant that as they grew from babies to high schoolers and eventually headed off to college, that my professional life went through yet another transition. Quickly, it seemed that I went from having a vibrant workplace to one that was often too quiet.
Working remotely for Gartner has also given me a tremendous amount of freedom. As long as I have an internet connection and cellular service, I have what I need to work. This perk has allowed me to move closer to my grandchildren in Arizona and also spend my summers in the more moderate climate of Utah. I’m still able to meet with my global teammates and execute on my priorities, all the while having time for other things in my day.
One of my greatest interests these days is cycling. Although I’ve been generally active for most of my life, I started to ride more often throughout this past year. Not only has it been a great physical outlet, but also helps me to clear my head – something we all need to do given the current impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. I use the time to think through work or family issues or just use the time to let my mind wander and connect with nature. It also provides opportunities to challenge myself as I try to climb greater heights or ride longer distances.
Another perk of life at Gartner? We have a sizable community of associates worldwide who share my passion for cycling. We often cycle to benefit nonprofits or local charities – all while wearing out Gartner branded cycling gear.
Over the years, I’ve been extremely fortunate to have had such flexibility in my personal and professional life – it’s what has made working at Gartner such an outstanding experience. I’ve had the opportunity to challenge myself, explore different roles and continue to learn new things. I’ve worked with some of the best and brightest minds in the industry and have had tremendous support for management.
Babies, bikes and finding the right balance, Gartner has been here through it all.
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