And I get to see a lot more of Grace. Watching her little personality develop every day while tending to her needs has been a focus of my energy. It’s also a source of my energy. Adapting my work habits since shelter-at-home began has taught me that I can operate in a different way and be just as successful. The firm’s flexibility has always been available; now I know how I can schedule some of my day to be with Grace while she’s awake.
Julie: Grace is our priority. We’ve discovered that it’s best all the way around to be transparent about what we have going on with her. Occasionally I have to step out of a call. Sometimes I’m right back on, and sometimes we reschedule. Every single person has been really kind — gracious and understanding.
This experience has added to the appreciation I already felt for my colleagues and leaders. Everyone cares about each other. Michael and I went through a really hard time a couple of years ago, when my dad was diagnosed with cancer. I was able to go to almost all his appointments with him. The way the firm rallied around my family and supported us through Dad’s passing is something I’ll be eternally grateful for. I love my job and what I do, and I love the people I get to work with and work for.
Michael: The firm has a family-first attitude. These are the type of people you want to work for. It’s easy for me to give my heart and soul to clients because I know if I ever need something, the partners will be there to help.
Back at the beginning, when I went through the recruiting process, I could tell the people in the office really enjoyed being around each other. I’m deliberate about living the culture of Grant Thornton in relationships with everyone I work with, including Julie.
Making our impacts at Grant Thornton
Michael: For me, impacts are twofold. There’s the relational side. I work with clients on a day-to-day basis whether I’m at their site or communicating via email or phone. I enjoy going into a meeting and figuring the most useful approach for gathering the information needed.
I like the relationship building aspect, and I am also drawn to the technical side, with its obstacles and deadlines. I do whatever it takes to get past an obstacle and hit a deadline. It might take a long workday; I see this as collaboration, being part of a team and helping to come up with the right answers.