Achieving balance between work, family, health and outside interests is a lifelong challenge for working mother Sarah Co. And it tends to be a moving target, as it can be for all working mothers, with every piece growing or changing in different ways.
At work, Co is a senior scientist at AbbVie in operations science and technology, and at home she’s a wife and busy mother of Ethan (age 8) and Ellie (age 2). Most days, Co works 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. and plans her schedule carefully so she can make sure she’s home for family time, which many nights includes dinner, practicing violin and piano with her son, and reading or playing piano with her daughter.
Although process chemistry is a demanding full-time job, Co worked to create a schedule that enables her to be home with her family most evenings. She has the flexibility, thanks to her AbbVie managers and project teams, to start later on Mondays to take care of her children in the morning and leaves early on Fridays to pick up her son from school to take him to his violin lesson.
In addition, Co reduced her travel over the years to be as home as much as possible with her young children. And since much of Co’s work is done online, she makes good use of her time working while commuting on the train.
“Having this flexibility has been a huge benefit to me personally to reduce the amount of time I was spending at night completing work,” Co says.