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A Day in the Life of a Mother of Two Working From Home During Lockdown: Meet Melody

Without the diverse, hardworking, intelligent, and kind people who make up our team, Shield wouldn’t be able to offer the level of service we do. At Shield, we love our team and know that our unique perspectives and backgrounds make us stronger while our common values connect us. That’s why each month, we love sharing our team’s stories through our A Day in the Life series, where we hope you can get to know our team a little better.

This month, we’re profiling Melody Gadiano, one of our Accountants who is based in Manilla, the Philippines. 

Meet Melody

Melody strolling in Copacabana Beach in Brazil

After over a decade working as an auditor for some of the world’s largest firms, Melody took a leap of faith late last year and transitioned into an accounting role with Shield GEO.

“I thought it would be a refreshing experience, to venture to the other side of the accounting field,” she says of the adjustment. 

“To be honest, it’s a good break from the auditing work I was doing for more than a decade. And, so far, I’m enjoying it. The team is really great.”

While auditing prepared her for many of the tasks that make up her days, there is still a lot to learn. 

“There’s volumes of work but overall, because I’m working with the team which is very accommodating, we support each others’ backs, we always give each other pointers or learning opportunities every month,” she says.  

But the chance to learn a new role wasn’t the only thing that attracted Melody to Shield. 

“In my previous job I used to have to travel, which I think is the thing I hate most about going into the office.”

To try and combat this commute time, Melody even moved her family closer to her previous workplace, but in the end even a shorter commute couldn’t compete with working from home. 

“Traffic here in Manila is very very bad,” she says. “I feel I’ve been robbed of time whenever I travel, so that’s why I value remote work so much more. I think I can balance my time more between my kids and my work now.”

Melody has two sons, aged five and one, and while she says she’s ‘mastered multitasking’ as a mother, flexible work conditions certainly help. 

Melody and her family

“The baby is still breastfeeding, so being able to have a little break in between work to feed him or to put him to sleep is great,” she says. “But thankfully, we have a babysitter to help me out too.”

Taking these breaks in no way lessens Melody’s work performance, or her ability to get through her to-do list — her timetable just looks slightly different. 

“The thing that I really admire about this company is it’s pro people. One of our values is ‘Be Human’ and Shield really puts importance on family and, you know, being what you need as people, as a human, above work,” Melody says. “That’s what enticed me the most when joining Shield.”

A Day in the Life of Melody

7:30 am

Wake up, have breakfast with the kids and husband before he goes to work

9:00 am

Open my laptop and work, starting with managing the accounts mailbox for 30 min to an hour or so

10:30 am

Quick break (most of the time breastfeeding the baby!)

10:45 am

Resume working

11:45 am

Make lunch for me and the kids

12:00 pm

Lunch with the kids

12:30 pm

Give my eldest son a bath

12:45 pm

Take a quick shower

1:00 pm

Go back to work again

3:00 pm

Quick breastfeeding break again and putting the baby to sleep

3:30 pm

Resume work again

5:00 – 5:30 pm

Take the kids for a short walk outside

5:30 pm

Go back to work again

6:30 pm

Prepare quick dinner for the entire family

7:00 pm

Dinner with the kids

8:00 pm

Preparing the kids for bedtime (clean up and brushing teeth!)

9:00 – 10:00 pm

Put the kids to sleep

10:00 – 11:00 pm

Checking emails for the last time, will finish some pending work or prepare for the next day of work

11:00 pm

Have some quick “me time” (checking social media, watching Netflix/YouTube)

11:30 pm

Go to sleep!

 

Working from home during the pandemic 

When the COVID-19 pandemic first began, Melody was still pregnant with her son, Zion. 

“That was really worrisome because there were all these extra restrictions,” she says. “Before I got to the hospital, I had to take a swab test. In the hospital, only one person was allowed and the baby was separated from me for a while, because of all the restrictions.”

Melody and her family celebrating their baby’s first birthday

Thankfully the birth went smoothly and both Melody and Zion returned home safely.

“We’re still, of course, taking care as much as possible and following all the necessary safety protocols,” she says. “Because my husband is still working outside of the home, he’s not working remotely so he will still go to the office, we have to be extra careful because we have kids.”

Melody says she hasn’t minded following lockdown protocols too much, but she’s thankful to have work to keep her occupied. 

Melody and her family’s trip to Taiwan

“I prefer working remotely and staying at home because I have a baby and, you know, safety really is first,” she says. “So it’s really fine for me to be in lockdown and protect the kids. But at the same time, I’m still able to work and earn.”

It’s also given them more time to bond as a family.

“My eldest is still adjusting to having the baby brother around. He has been so used to being the only kid,” Melody says. “He’s still in the typical kid stage that doesn’t want to share toys but sometimes I’ll ask little errands from him, like to get the diaper for me or get the water for me and it’s been great to see him helping his brother like that.” 

However, once the pandemic restrictions finally subside, Melody still doesn’t think she’ll return to an office setting. 

“I just love working remotely so much more,” she says.

— Bree Caggiati

 

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