In line with our guiding principles committing to gender diversity at Openspace, we decided to ask our CFO, Omesh Fabiani, on how he achieves work-life flexibility. Apart from being responsible for operational and strategic financial initiatives here at the office, Omesh is also a father of two. We could all take a leaf from his book and learn a thing or two on how he manages to juggle between his multiple roles.
We find it admirable on how he manages to be a working parent successfully juggling both his responsibilities at Openspace and at home. To begin, we asked him on how he does it, and he said:
“I’ve found that finding a balance between work, family, friends and yourself requires time management, flexibility, compromise and building some sort of support system you can lean on. It can be tricky as work and family life can both sometimes be unpredictable, but it is definitely rewarding. It helps that I have an amazing partner who is on the same wavelength, great colleagues, and work I enjoy!”
Speaking of his wife, we were curious about how they were able to coordinate between parenting and household responsibilities given their busy schedules. He explained, saying:
“After some time of doing everything together, my wife and I decided to split up responsibilities to get more out of our time. So naturally I got a spreadsheet going to figure out the optimal configuration and we negotiated a little on the early morning duties (I lost).
For example, now on the weekends she does soccer with my son and horse-riding with my daughter. I do tennis with my daughter and chess with my son. We all do swimming together followed by lunch. One evening is date night and the other is friends night. This way we each have quality one-on-one time with each other and each kid, family time, time with friends, and even personal time to deflate! Likewise, we also each have primary responsibility for every other thing that’s required to run a household and bring up the kids, and of course we cover for each other when things come up!
We use a shared calendar to keep each other up to date on what’s happening, when, and who needs to be there, so there’s no longer an excuse for me to be double booked and panic.”
Here, he has some valuable tips for fellow working parents as well:
We also asked him about how Openspace promotes work-life flexibility, and these were several that he brought up:
As a final piece of advice, he added: “Whatever you are doing, be present.”