I moved to Fort Wayne in 2011 to attend the University of Saint Francis, and I decided to stay in Fort Wayne post-graduation. All of my family lives in northwest Indiana. So that makes… seven and a half years of living three hours away from my family. And this year, I got a little extra homesick.
It’s bound to happen, right? It’s hard to be a transplant—one on hand, I’ve found a great community and friendships in Fort Wayne. I’ve grown personally and professionally in ways I couldn’t have had I gone back home. On the other, though, I’ve put about 200 miles between me and my biggest support system. And 2018 was hard in my personal life. It challenged me in ways I’d never been challenged before, which is, of course, a blessing and a curse—to grow, and to do it on your own.
So, the point in saying all of that, is that this morning, I get to spend quality time with my family in their every day lives. As opposed to the usual hullabaloo of holiday parties—me, frantically running from one house to another trying to fit seeing all of my family in a blur of 72 hours.
Okay, even further to the point—I’m having this experience right now, because, One Lucky Guitar has a flexible work schedule that allows me to work remotely.
Not to get all economic development-y on you all, but that is a little bit of my background, so I can’t help it. This kind of work flexibility is important to more and more people. It’s the understanding that employees are human, that we have lives that are complicated. (We ALL do, not just some of us!) And rather than pretend that it doesn’t exist and leave it at the door, OLG embraces our employees for their whole selves. And this kind of work flexibility will continue to be an important aspect of talent attraction and retention for northeast Indiana.