Working parents: Pradnya

Meet Pradnya, a mom to energetic daughters and a director in Technology in Pune.

Meet Pradnya, a mom to energetic daughters and a director in Technology in Pune. She talked to us about balancing work and life, how to de-stress and what jobs she’d try besides her own.

What’s the best part of your job?
Well, I’ve had three role changes in the last 18 months here, and in every single one of these roles I’ve had the chance to make substantial contributions. The best part is the degree of freedom that I have to challenge, critique and question current practices. I’m given the elbow room to bring in a fresh perspective.

Did having kids change your perspective on your career and, if so, how?
Changed perspective would be an understatement. Paradigm shift would be more apt. My daughters taught me to appreciate different viewpoints, and they helped me learn how to work with different stakeholders while arriving at decisions. Most importantly, they showed me that there’s a world beyond the office walls and helped me contextualize my life at work.

What’s the best thing about being a working parent?
All of us are multi-dimensional beings. Being working parents allows us to explore the multiple traits inherent to us. I get my professional high when I deliver an outstanding piece of work. Then I come home and transform into an engaged mom, hearing about my daughters’ accomplishments and challenges. Having this twin personality also helps to de-stress at times, as you can swap into another role.

I get my professional high when I deliver an outstanding piece of work. Then I come home and transform into an engaged mom.

How does UBS support working parents?
It’s a fairly open and mature environment here. All the leaders I’ve worked with focus on what’s being delivered against the timelines and whether I’m enjoying my work. I think that this trust and empowerment for the staff to manage their own work-life integration is the best support UBS provides.

What do your children think about your job?
It’s an enigma to them. They have oodles of curiosity about what I do when I am not wearing my “mom” suit. They try to piece together a mental picture of my work life based on some of the calls that they hear. But one thing is for sure – they look up to my professional pedigree and try to learn from it. I have always told them that what job you do does not matter, but what you do on your job matters a great deal.

What profession apart from yours would you like to attempt?
The list is long and diverse. When I am at my daughters’ school, I want to be the school principal and make my students fall in love with learning. When I’m at my local bank, I want to be the bank manager and see all my customers wearing a broad smile. When I go to a government office (which I try to avoid) I wish to transform the entire bureaucracy. In short, I am a roving process improvement automaton!

How do you relax?
I have a passion for dance. Though I have not learned it professionally, I think I take to it like a fish to water. It helps me detox, de-stress and also bond greatly with my daughters, who incidentally have inherited this passion from me.

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