Ron lives and breaths workplace flexibility. From the time he joined Patke & Associates 17 years ago, till today, he has worked hard to implemented various flexibility options, from remote work, to part-time schedules in order to recruit and retain top CPA talent. When asked about workplace flexibility, here was a couple of his responses:
What is the best part about working remote?
Without question - the best part of working remotely was being physically, emotionally and spiritually available to both of my children throughout their childhood. It was also pretty cool to handle client issues and concerns when I was walking through the ruins of Pompei.
What was the biggest struggle in working as a CPA firm owner and being a stay at home dad at the same time?
Given the fact that I am compelled to comment on how I don’t like the term “Stay at home Dad” my biggest issue with it may have been my insecurity. I do think the term stay at home dad - or mom - is too often inappropriately seen as a negative in a professional context. The challenges of any working parent are similar in that we are all trying to find the right balance. The balance between being able to earn a living, contribute to society and take care of our most valuable asset - our families.
What is one piece of advice you would recommend to future stay at home working parents?
In addition to the basics, like: make sure that you have workspace that allows for the concentration that you need to work effectively, and setting/sticking to a schedule - The most important advice that i can give is three words: communicate, communicate, communicate! Did I stress that enough? It's not just communication either - its balancing the communication so all parties (co-workers, spouses, kids and you) there is understanding on all fronts regarding capabilities, goals, limitations, etc.