Mighty Moms — Part 1

What is the working mother in relation to the current digital economy? More importantly, how do these women survive the onslaught of managing deadlines and tasks while achieving harmony at home? We have the privilege of interviewing some busy mothers at Lazada. We discover how they juggle their work and still find time to devote care, love and attention for their families.

Our five-part series on these hardworking, tenacious mothers at Lazada is an insightful peek at how women in tech work today. While the struggle is real for all these women, the unifying factor underpins their inner strength — the ability to multitask and weather the storms of life faced at work and home.

Read on to understand their joys and challenges and what makes them tick.

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#1 — Zhao Jing Yuan — Vice President, Data Science, Lazada Group

Balancing Act
Having worked for close to two years at Lazada’s office in Singapore, working mother Zhao Jing Yuan from China is not afraid of life’s curveballs because she has a few tricks up her sleeve. She previously worked for a large telco and understands the demands of our local working culture, especially in the field of data science. In the first of our three part series, we dig deeper to find out how she strikes a balance…

What does “mother” mean to you?
To me the word “mother” means giving love and care to your children. It is about having responsibility and educating your kids. Raising a child is a 24/7 job so you need to give your kids unwavering dedication to see them through their early, formative years.

What’s the biggest challenge being a working mom?
Working mothers might think they face the lack of time being with their children. When I come home from work, I make it a point to find one hour to be with my son. I ask him about what he did at school, what happened today… basically catching up with him on the day’s happenings. I think that’s how you build bonds when you show interest in your kid’s activities and life.

“I think the most crucial trait is to be a role model. Be an exemplary mother so your kids can follow your footsteps. If you have good traits like respect, trust, discipline, love, compassion, your kids will tend to follow you.”

Do you believe in work/life balance?
I think to achieve 60 per cent work and 40 per cent life is a good balance in my opinion. I also believe that the “life” portion isn’t about “me time”, rather, it’s devoting time for the family and doing things together.

What traits do you think a mother should possess?
I think the most crucial trait is to be a role model. Be an exemplary mother so your kids can follow your footsteps. If you have good traits like respect, trust, discipline, love, compassion, your kids will tend to follow you.

Are there sacrifices that you make for your family?
I think some of my personal time has been sacrificed to accomplish tasks for my family, but I see it as part and parcel of being a dedicated mother. Sometimes you do things for your family selflessly without even realising it!

Does your boss/team members understand you have family commitments too? If so, how have they been understanding?
Yes, definitely. They have been very accommodating and understanding, especially when I have to leave work slightly earlier when my son was ill. Some of my team members also relieved me of some of my tasks. I’m fortunate to have them.

What advice would you give to other working mothers?
I think it’s very important to have proper time management. You need to stick to your tasks at work so you have time for your family. It’s also important to have some personal time so you can decompress! I like to keep fit by doing yoga so I make sure I have my minimum 30 minutes of yoga every day!

What do you usually buy online?
I buy a lot of health and beauty items and I also check out the latest fashion items.

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Are you a working mother currently? Share with us the tips and advice you do to juggle work and family life. We’d love to hear from you! Leave your responses below!