The family wish came true for both women. "I met my husband when I was thirty – we were and still are colleagues. A little later, our daughter was born. From that point on, nothing was the way it had been before", Melinda tells us. Her daughter is now three years old. Today, getting a handle on family and work is an ongoing balancing act for working parents. Detailed planning and sharing parental responsibilities are almost always a must. "Thank God that we don't have to work that hard to coordinate our schedules. My husband also works at OVB, which means we have a maximum of flexibility as far as our private schedule is concerned. For instance, when we had to introduce our two-year old daughter to her Kindergarten, we were both there", Anita explains.
In addition to the flexible working hours, you can always count on the understanding and support of colleagues and supervisors as a parent. "Anita and I became mothers at around the same time. It brought us even closer. In addition, we have great people in the office, even a few family members who work here. As big OVB family, you can of course always rely on a sufficient number of potential babysitters", Melinda explained with a smile.