Life’s first, work’s next

Amanda Fajerman sheds some light on how she manages work life harmony and what her flexible working arrangements look like…

“Every working mum is familiar with the juggling act of work and family commitments. I’ve deliberately not used the phrase “of balancing work and family commitments”. Amazon’s CEO Jeff Bezos recently told an audience that the phrase “work life balance” is one which we should drop. His advice is that this phrase implies a strict trade-off between the two and one should rather employ a more holistic “work life harmony” – akin to a “circle” rather than a scale. This rather counter-intuitive advice is something which we adopt at lexvoco. lexvoco’s first value is “Life’s first, work’s next”. Flexible work practices are a given – I work from home and from the office, I work part time either as full days or split across the week. lexvoco allows me to do challenging and rewarding legal work in a supportive and flexible environment. The moving parts of my “circle” are constantly changing and evolving– from school holidays to client deadlines, from sick children to client meetings, even from a pile of laundry to an inbox full of urgent emails. However, for me it’s never been a trade-off between satisfying work at the expense of family or vice versa. At lexvoco, there is reciprocal trust and respect for everyone’s work life and family life which benefits me both professionally and personally.”