Kristen Wylie’s daughters had the opportunity of a lifetime: the first-ever sister duo to star as orphans in the national touring production of Annie the musical. The tour would take eight months, covering 93 venues across 40 U.S. states and parts of Canada – yet the girls, ages 9 and 13, needed an adult chaperone to make the journey. Kristen, a product marketing director at Kronos, was determined to do anything to make this dream happen, yet she did not want to give up her full-time job. Fortunately for Kristen and her girls, her managers, team, and greater Kronos family decided it was not a matter of if, but how, they could make this extreme workplace flexibility experiment happen. She even received a promotion while on the road.

Listen to Joyce Maroney, director of The Workforce Institute at Kronos Incorporated, interview Kristen on The Workforce Institute Radio podcast series about her incredible story, which was recently featured by Working Mother magazine. The podcast covers:

  • How Kristen wore several hats – mom, chaperone, tutor, tour guide, Kronos employee, and people manager – while working out of hotel rooms, rest stops, and, primarily, a cramped tour bus;
  • The ways in which Kristen altered how she worked to accommodate the needs of the touring production, her girls, her team, and her work deliverables;
  • How open communication, creative time management, and clear expectation setting helped her juggle a crazy and variable schedule;
  • Insight into how she managed her team both remotely and while on the road so that it felt like she was always present;
  • Recommendations for how other high-performing working parents could request more flexibility from their employer; and
  • Overall, how she kept her sanity and ensured her daughters experienced all that this opportunity provided – while getting a work promotion in the process.




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