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How to Hack it
As a Working
Parent
or, should your face be bathed in the blue glow of a
phone at 2 AM?
Margaret Heller, Ch...
Image credit: John Flinchbaugh (CC-BY-NC-SA 2.0)
Traister, Rebecca. “When Will We Stop Punishing Working Women for Having Babies?” Text. The New Republic, February 2,
2015...
Timing Your Baby
(Extended) Parental Leave
How long of an extended leave are you talking
about?
Canada
Mandated Leave with Benefits (varies...
Why think about leave planning?
❏ You are a parent-to-be
❏ You are in management or administration
❏ You are thinking of s...
“DOCUMENT ALL
THE THINGS! You
won’t regret it.”
@cattsmall
Create a manual of your job functions
Get important documents out of your own
computer
● Keep the systems simple
● Findabl...
“Stop Emailing Me”
<a href=
”mailto:group.email@mpow?Subject=Not
asking an individual”>I need help!</a>
Hiring Replacement & Cross Train
Creative Division of responsibilities prior to
hiring
● Look internally first - Cross Tra...
After you come back from leave
Getting to Leave by 5:30
● Getting Things Done (David Allen, 2001)
o Projects => Actions
● Fixed Schedule Productivity (Ca...
Ruthless Time Management
Easy Project Management
Norton, Quinn. “Against Productivity: This Essay Took Four Years to Write.” Medium, November 7, 2014.
https://medium.com/m...
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Thanks! Let’s discuss this more!
Margaret Heller
@margaret_heller
mheller1@luc.edu
Christina Salazar
@InphoManiac
christin...
How to Hack it as a Working Parent: or, should your face be bathed in the blue glow of a phone at 2AM?
How to Hack it as a Working Parent: or, should your face be bathed in the blue glow of a phone at 2AM?
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How to Hack it as a Working Parent: or, should your face be bathed in the blue glow of a phone at 2AM?

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Modern technology has made it easier than ever for parents employed in technical environments to keep up with work at all hours and in all locations. This makes it possible to work a flexible schedule, but also may lead to problems with work/life balance and furthering unreasonable
expectations about working hours. Add to that shifting gender roles and
limited paid parental leave in the United States and you have potential for burnout and a certainty for anxiety. It raises the additional question of whether the “always connected” mindset puts up a barrier to some populations who otherwise might be better represented in open source and library technology communities.

This presentation will address tools that are useful for working parents in technical library positions, and share some lessons learned about using these tools while maintaining a reasonable work/life balance. We will consider a question that Karen Coyle raised back in 1996: “What if the thousands of hours of graveyard shift amateur hacking wasn't really
the best way to get the job done? That would be unthinkable.”

For those who are able to take an extended parental leave, we will present strategies for minimizing the impact to your career and your employer. For those (particularly in the United States) who are only able to take a short leave will require different strategies. Despite different levels of preparation, all are useful exercises in succession planning and making a stronger workplace and future ability to work a flexible schedule through reviewing workloads, cross-training personnel, hiring contract replacements, and creative divisions of labor. Such preparation makes work better for everyone, kids or no kids or caretakers of any kind.

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How to Hack it as a Working Parent: or, should your face be bathed in the blue glow of a phone at 2AM?

  1. 1. How to Hack it As a Working Parent or, should your face be bathed in the blue glow of a phone at 2 AM? Margaret Heller, Christina Salazar, May Yan // 2.11.2015
  2. 2. Image credit: John Flinchbaugh (CC-BY-NC-SA 2.0)
  3. 3. Traister, Rebecca. “When Will We Stop Punishing Working Women for Having Babies?” Text. The New Republic, February 2, 2015. http://www.newrepublic.com/article/120939/maternity-leave-policies-america-hurt-working-moms. “...an American woman’s earnings decrease by 4 percent for every child that she bears….[A]fter men have kids, their earnings increase, on average, by 6 percent… [F]athers are more likely to be hired and to be regarded as more competent employees than mothers.”
  4. 4. Timing Your Baby
  5. 5. (Extended) Parental Leave How long of an extended leave are you talking about? Canada Mandated Leave with Benefits (varies by province) 17 weeks (maternity leave) + 35 weeks (parental leave) = 52 weeks
  6. 6. Why think about leave planning? ❏ You are a parent-to-be ❏ You are in management or administration ❏ You are thinking of starting a family one day ❏ You are human and might one day get sick
  7. 7. “DOCUMENT ALL THE THINGS! You won’t regret it.” @cattsmall
  8. 8. Create a manual of your job functions Get important documents out of your own computer ● Keep the systems simple ● Findable and Usable is important ● Commit to maintaining it
  9. 9. “Stop Emailing Me” <a href= ”mailto:group.email@mpow?Subject=Not asking an individual”>I need help!</a>
  10. 10. Hiring Replacement & Cross Train Creative Division of responsibilities prior to hiring ● Look internally first - Cross Train ● Overlap as long as possible to train prior to leave, and to debrief at the end of leave. ● Try to keep your external hires
  11. 11. After you come back from leave
  12. 12. Getting to Leave by 5:30 ● Getting Things Done (David Allen, 2001) o Projects => Actions ● Fixed Schedule Productivity (Cal Newport) o Focusing effort => Deep Work
  13. 13. Ruthless Time Management
  14. 14. Easy Project Management
  15. 15. Norton, Quinn. “Against Productivity: This Essay Took Four Years to Write.” Medium, November 7, 2014. https://medium.com/message/against-productivity-b19f56b67da6. “This moment’s goal of productivity, with its all-consuming practice and unattainable horizon, is perfect for our current corporate world. Productivity never asks what it builds, just how much of it can be piled up before we leave or die.”
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  17. 17. Thanks! Let’s discuss this more! Margaret Heller @margaret_heller mheller1@luc.edu Christina Salazar @InphoManiac christina.salazar@csuci.edu May Yan @mayyan may.yan@ryerson.ca Special thanks to Jaclyn Bedoya. Look for our forthcoming article about this topic in Code4Lib Issue 28.

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