A healthy culture for working parents
At Optum, our mission is to help people live healthier lives. That includes improving the lives of our team members, many of whom balance their work with another important role — being a parent. We recently invited Avril and Katherine, two of our professionals who are also raising children, to reflect on what it takes to balance work and parenting. As you’ll see, for Avril, Katherine and so many others, Optum is a great place to grow your career and your family.
What does a typical day look like for you?
My day revolves around planning, both in my job and as a parent. I usually spend time looking at my day and planning activities and how to achieve them. I do the same thing at home.
What tips do you have for other working parents?
First, you are doing a great job. Balancing work and home is not easy, especially for single parents like me. In terms of advice, I’d say keep the lines of communication open. Talk to your supervisor. Optum has been great about communication, and we can work out pretty much any concern.
How have you been supported to develop your career at Optum?
I appreciate the growth opportunities here. In my time at Optum, I’ve been promoted twice, and that matters a lot, because hard work gets recognized here. I am a single parent and it really means a lot to me and my family that I have a stable job like this one.
Optum is very much supportive of our role as parents. I love how much support we have to balance our schedules for work along with the other responsibilities of our lives. This is really a great place to work.