I am far from a Hollywood script writer, but I do know some of the best stories have multiple layers of complexity that all come together to drive to an ultimate conclusion.
With this, I wanted to share some stories with you. Stories that are personal, professional and purposeful on why I chose to join Terminal. These stories ultimately convey in my view, why the future of work is focused on making distributed and remote a meaningful reality.
I am a Bay Area native. I grew up there, and even went to university locally at Santa Clara. Although I pursued opportunities in my life that took me abroad, I genuinely believed the Bay Area would be where my children would grow up. I mean, my family was there, the weather is beautiful, and the best job opportunities the technology world had to offer was centered there.
I have always had ambitious career goals, and I felt lucky to be able to thrive within the Bay Area tech community as a growth company HR leader. However, my life changed about 2 years ago when I was forced to really prioritize what was important.
My daughter, who was 3 at the time, was diagnosed with both Autism Spectrum Disorder and Type 1 Diabetes. All of a sudden the pressure of having long commutes and 24/7 jobs had to be acknowledged. In an instant, there was a constant possibility that my daughter could fall into a coma if the babysitter forgot to feed her an apple or fed her too much of one. This was the new reality of our world.
My husband and I made the decision that we felt would give our daughter the most support. We moved out of our wonderful home in Dublin, CA and found our way to Austin, TX. With this move, our family situation was vastly improved. I no longer had a commute to work, we were closer to good school districts, and I could work from home. It seemed perfect…almost.
Backing up. I have spent about 15 years in growth or hyper-growth organizations, working with some of the Bay Area’s most notable companies as either a full-time leader or a consultant. And for the last 5 years, I have been an advocate for the Future of Work.
What is one of the biggest trends I have been seeing? The workforce is melting. Like in chemistry class, solid frameworks are now melting into liquids – more distributed and fluid. Traditional, centralized teams are now multi-located, with some being fully remote and many having unique employment relationships (i.e contractor, freelancer etc.) If more companies don’t quickly adapt to this reality quickly they will get left behind in the race for talent.
We are already seeing the stress of not embracing this future everyday. Employee tenure lasts less than 1.5 years on average, and acceptance rates for technical offers is at 30%. Diversity and inclusion continues to be a real challenge in the tech industry.
There is a misconception that company culture can only be cultivated when everyone is physically together or that somehow not having a random hallway discussion will slow down development of a product. Companies have invested so much money in every kind of communication tool possible from chat, video conferencing, feedback and performance to project management and goal setting solutions, yet still can’t bring themselves to support a distributed or remote future. Why not?
Returning to the personal story. Hyper growth HR executive roles have a different supply and demand equation vs engineering jobs. They’re highly valued, but just fewer and far between. Given the demand in the market, it seemed as though the only answer was packing up the u-haul…and so soon after arriving.
I was stuck. This was the moment, where I personally was impacted by the need for the “Future of Work” I had long been advocating. How do experienced and high-potential talent access opportunities not located in their backyard?
“Push the world forward by bringing global opportunities to talent. We believe in a world without geographical barriers where companies can access the best talent, wherever that may be.” This is the mission of Terminal and one that is embedded into every decision we make as a business.
For me, the opportunity to work for Terminal wasn’t just another interesting job, this was a chance to truly build a business that brought together all my experience into a role that was aimed at taking leadership in architecting the Future of Work – I was a real-life example of that future. I am a remote executive with a distributed and remote team. I benefit everyday without having to choose between my own career aspirations and the wellbeing of my family. This is not a choice anyone should have to make.
The Terminal Difference
As I said, I am not a script writer, but hopefully you can see some of the life journey that brought me here. It is so much more than a single reason. However, it is rare to join an organization where the mission of the business has been central to your own life experience. To-date, Terminal has connected hundreds of engineers to many of the world’s leading tech companies. Helping build remote workforces, showing that not only is it a possibility, but it’s a crucial component to a high-growth company. We are a living embodiment of those ideals, as Terminal’s operations are split between 5 locations and 3 time zones. This yields a unique perspective, at the forefront of the Future of Work, and helps motivate me in ways that enable me to be a better executive to my team and the business. I look forward to the next chapter of this story and how Terminal continues to make its mission a reality to more of the world.
If you would like to learn how Terminal can help your business embrace the future of remote teams and access great talent, feel free to reach out to me for more information.
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