Fiona Wilhelm is the Digital Demand Driver of PwC’s Experience Centre, a unique blend of the best of agency and consultancy practice, where we help our clients to understand their toughest problems and solve them through the creation of positive and innovative customer experiences. With the increasing demands of a busy work and home life, Fiona finds that PwC’s All Roles Flex policy gives her the opportunity to do her best work as both a parent, wife and employee.
One way Fiona embraces flexibility is by working one day a week from home. The time she saves on travel to work gives her the opportunity to walk her daughter to daycare in the morning which, for her, is so important to ensuring she feels connected.
“Working from home one day a week helps me to feel more grounded and makes me want to give 110%.”
As a Manager within the firm, Fiona is mindful that the conversation around flexible work needs to be an open and transparent one. She leads by example and works hard to ensure other employees are comfortable talking about what works best for them.
“One of the biggest challenges when it comes to working flexibly is knowing what is acceptable within your work culture. It is really important for Managers and Partners to set the standard. In my case, they have and as a result our team is incredibly agile and communicates openly about our diaries and arrangements.”
As a passionate advocate for flexible work, Fiona recently started a parent support group for her team which has now rolled out across the whole of Consulting. The group has been a really successful way for parents and prospective parents to knowledge share around flexible working, taking maternity/paternity leave, getting back to work after the arrival of children and juggling parenting with work. The group has fuelled the conversation on how best to support women back into the workplace and into leadership positions, which is a key priority for the firm.
Here are Fiona’s top 5 tips for working flexibly:
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