Linking to Work, Wife,Mom...Life! for Working Mommy Wednesday. For this week the discussion is:
#1. What was your college major and did you end up working in that career?
I majored in Industrial Design which is an industry term for Product Development. I focused on Toy Design and got my first job in a toy company where I'm still employed today. It's not an easy field to specialize in because there are not many toy jobs for the quantity of people who want to work in this field! Often times toy designers will break off and create their own toy company and sell inventions or freelance their toy designs to major toy companies. Which leads me to the next question.
#2. If you owned your own company, what benefits would you offer?
If I owned my own company it would be in toys because it's a field I know and love. I'd likely work with my husband to make hand made wooden toys since he's really good at working with wood and I'd make home made plush toys - but first I need to learn to sew. Yes I've worked with plush toys for 10 years but it's all done in Asia and I direct the development through photos and corrections made in Illustrator and Photoshop.
Benefits - if our company were to grow to include finance staff and creative I would offer the following:
- 6 weeks paid maternity leave
- State mandates 3 months of maternity leave so the employee could take the remaining time as unpaid, or extend the paid portion by consolidating vacation and sick days.
- Two weeks of sick time
- Three weeks of vacation time (from year one)
- 100% health care coverage
- Allow 20% work hours to be covered by telecommuting
- Employees would be encouraged to balance their work and personal life, meaning flex hours to come in early/later and leave early/later for doctor's appointments, children events, pedicures, etc.
- With my first child I took 5 weeks - 1 week unpaid, 1 week sick days, 3 weeks vacation.
- With my second child I took 3 weeks - 1 week sick days, 2 weeks vacation (I had used 1 week of vacation already)
In both cases paid maternity leave for 6 weeks would have been adequate time to bond with my babies and get myself back together physically to feel ready to deal with the pressures of an 8 hour work day but realizing some women need more time I think the above benefits would help tremendously!
Think I'll have any trouble filling staff positions?