Talking about work-life balance and its impact on the well-being of employees of a company may be an endless story. This is particularly true for working parents or workers with families such as Muhammad Kamal Idris, People Services Manager of TaniHub Group, and Karina Indah Putri, Talent Acquisition Lead of TaniHub Group.
As part of TaniSquad, Kamal and Karina have a series of obligations in family life and career that must be balanced so that both areas run smoothly. Moreover, the work culture at startups tends to be dynamic and fast-paced. This is certainly a challenge for workers who should juggle between family life and work.
Though Kamal and Karina are regular employees, their roles are not trivial. Kamal is the number one person who is responsible for payroll or employee payroll, while Karina as a Talent Acquisition Lead has the obligation to run and fulfill the recruitment process at the company in accordance with deadlines and company business needs.
Kamal must be willing to work overtime to make sure paychecks are paid on time. Karina must be quick to recruit new employees and ensure that the selected candidates match the company’s criteria and needs. Not only that, Karina has to adjust the interview schedule between the candidate and the user which is sometimes not easy to do. These are just a few of the many other tasks that need to be done by Kamal and Karina to meet the needs of employees in the company.
The density of work makes them both agree that time is very valuable. For Kamal, time cannot be repeated; in his eyes, time for work and family has the same weight. As an employee, he has the principle of always working in totality, making time as useful as possible. But as a husband to his wife and a father to his two daughters, Kamal devotes all his time to his family. In fact, Kamal always helps with housework and takes care of his children when his wife needs rest.
During the Covid-19 pandemic, he felt that his time was also more flexible for him to be able to help his family, because he didn’t have to commute to the office.
“My family and I like to do spontaneous things, such as going places and have a weekend vacation that was planned the day before, besides spending time chatting and joking together,” said the man who was born in August.
For Kamal, family means everything, which means it is also an important factor in his career. Family support, he said, can be a moral boost so that he is enthusiastic about carrying out his duties as an employee. Seeing the importance of family in his life, Kamal always teaches good values to his wife and children, namely always doing religious duties and being discipline as well as loving each other.
“Family is there for us and our future too, it is about how supporting and understanding each other. Without mutual support in the family, my day job will be a mess and there will be no quality time for my family,” said Kamal.
Like Kamal, Karina sees her family as the most important thing in her life. For Karina, family is life, even more, it means something infinite for her as it cannot be measured by anything in the world. As a wife and mother with one child, Karina always makes time for her family. She said, quality time with family is very valuable, even though it can only be done outside the home on weekends.
“Usually when we go out with my husband and daughter, we can focus more on spending time together. At home, it’s a bit difficult for us to spend quality time because we each have different preferences for free time. So, we usually go out to eat, and Saturday and Sunday are the most sensible days to do that,” he said.
At the same time, as a worker, she is committed to always give her best effort in her work. By helping a lot of people, Karina feels that she can find her own pleasure in working because she can respect herself, as well as be useful to others.
“Work makes me feel that I am needed. I feel that what I’ve done is meaningful, not only to me, but to other people as well. Even though I only do administrative work, it makes me happy,” said Karina.
The importance of family and work in Karina’s life makes her always balance her time in both areas. She admits that time management is the biggest challenge for a working mom like herself. However, according to her, the pandemic could be a blessing in disguise for her because the working-from-home (WFH) situation makes her closer to her family.
“If I spend too much time working on my laptop, I will realize that I have not hugged my daughter or have not accompany her to play. For me, the pandemic allows us to be closer to our children,” she said.
Work-Life Balance at TaniHub Group
Both Kamal and Karina agree that the company they work for provides fair treatment to its employees in terms of work-life balance. According to Kamal, TaniHub Group provides an opportunity for its employees to communicate their needs. With good communication, mutual trust is created between employees and the company.
For example, when Kamal was sick and needed rest, he still had work to be done, but his superiors still gave him time to fully recover and helped him coordinate with other parties to help complete the work.
Kamal also believes, all companies must support their employees to have a good life balance, but at the end of the day, it comes back to the time management of the employees themselves. “If we are not able to manage time, then the time we allocate for our family will automatically decrease,” said Kamal.
The balance between time for work and family is also the main thing that Karina feels while being a TaniSquad (as TaniHub Group employees are called). According to her, since starting as a small company to its size today, TaniHub Group still humanizes its employees by providing work-life balance.
“Sometimes I have meetings on Saturdays or Sundays, and many TaniSquads also have to work late into the night. However, TaniHub Group still humanizes its employees. I don’t see this company as ‘cold’ or like a ‘prison of rules’. There are rules and strict treatment, but there are also things that can develop our growth as employees,” she concluded.