In November 2010, Amanda Clark, manager of market and competitive intelligence at Lexmark’s headquarters in Lexington, Kentucky, and her husband, Jared, welcomed twin sons into the world. They were happy, healthy, and — as you can imagine — the pride and joy of both mom and dad, and sometimes their big sister.
When the boys were 4 months old, they became very ill with RSV. Between Amanda and Jared, they missed three weeks of work.
“I was able to work remotely but had to do so many breathing treatments and doctor appointments, not to mention feedings, diaper changes and comforting them because they were so sick, I can honestly say that I didn’t feel very productive,” said Amanda.
As a result of the RSV, the doctors said the twins would be prone to catching more serious illnesses, so the Clarks opted to take them out of daycare and keep them at home. Amanda had a very supportive and flexible management team at Lexmark, so for more than three years she came into work at 5 a.m. and left at 2 p.m., Monday–Thursday. Jared worked late hours so he was home with the twins while Amanda went into the office. On Fridays, Jared was home, so Amanda was able to work regular hours.
Now that the twins are older, Amanda is able to come in a little later and work from home in the afternoons.
“Now, when I have to come in at 5 a.m., I wonder how in the world I ever did it,” said Amanda. “I am so thankful to work for an employer that truly values and encourages workplace flexibility and work/life balance. I don’t know what we would do without the support.”
So what does a typical day in and out of the office look like for Amanda? We asked her to document a day in her life to find out.
4:30 a.m. Alarm goes off … for the first time.
4:35 a.m. Alarm goes off for the second time. I get out of bed and start to get ready for the day ahead.
5:34 a.m. I leave the house and start my 30-mile drive/jam session into work. (Yes, that’s me rocking out to music at 5:30 a.m.)
5:57 a.m. Making a stop for Starbucks coffee.
6:18 a.m. Time to brave the Canadian geese staring me down in the Lexmark parking lot. I make a break for it when the two guarding the door start fighting each other.
6:30 a.m. I’m logged in, checking for any emails that came through overnight, and planning out my day. I take a few minutes to write out to-dos, outstanding items and meetings.
6:55 a.m. Today, I have an important presentation, so I start to practice in an empty conference room.
9 a.m. With our recent brand transformation we have our weekly marketing huddle to focus on the tactical implementation. Lots of great ideas, conversations and people. (Shameless plug alert—check out our new website.)
9:40 a.m. Stepping out early to prep for my next meeting, which is <gulp> the important presentation I told you about.
10 a.m. I’m excited but nervous. Headed into my presentation on how we build “One Lexmark” with Chairman and CEO Paul Rooke and his staff.
10:55 a.m. I am happy to report, I made it through without fainting or forgetting how to talk. The leadership team made me feel at ease and engaged with me throughout the presentation.
11:02 a.m. Starting a brand survey discussion. Asking questions like how do we survey the employee population? What do we really want to know?
Noon Heading to a small lunch and learn discussion group, sponsored by one of Lexmark’s diversity groups, Women at Work. This particular discussion is covering one of the “Lean In” videos on how you can overcome your fears, move to action and take risks, which is very appropriate for me today, don’t you think?
2 p.m. Time for me to brave the geese again and leave the office for the day.
2:27 p.m. Picking up my 4-year-old twin boys from my mom’s house.
2:55 p.m. Picking up my 7-year-old daughter from school.
3:15 p.m. Back home, checking mail, going through backpacks.
3:29 p.m. Logging back onto the computer, and answering work emails.
5:03 p.m. I’ve finished up my day job and begin working on my daughter’s vocabulary.
5:45 p.m. Time to eat. Breakfast for dinner—a favorite of mine.
6:50 p.m. Lost every single hand of “Go Fish.” I take this as a sign I do not need to go to Vegas anytime soon.
7:43 p.m. Jared gets home from work and helps me start the long and sometimes drawn-out process of putting all three kids to bed.
8:30 p.m. Admittedly, I’m now crashed on the couch, catching up on the recorded “Mad Men” series finale. (It comes on past my bedtime.) All I have to say is that it’s about time, Peggy and Stan.
9:55 p.m. And now, it’s time to hit the hay. Goodnight.
In closing, Amanda said this about working at Lexmark: “I feel blessed. Having worked for Lexmark for over 12 years, I am still constantly learning, being challenged and feeling inspired. I have an outstanding team of co-workers, both past and present, who are some of my closest friends. I benefit daily from exceptional mentors and managers who push me out of my comfort zone and help coach and guide me to further my career. I get to experience opportunities I never thought possible, such as visiting beautiful Cebu, Philippines. And to top it all off, I have great job perks. I truly cannot speak enough about my experience and how much everyone at Lexmark means to me.”
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