In these difficult times, we are all living and working in new ways.
Our "Day in a New York Life" series will offer you a look into the daily lives of New York Life’s employees who are giving their time and expertise to our Employee Resource Groups (ERGs). ERGs are voluntary, employee-led groups that welcome all employees and help foster a diverse and inclusive workplace and are aligned with New York Life’s mission, values, and goals.
Angelica (Angie) Grullon is Corporate Vice President at New York Life. Angie is the strategy and planning lead for the customer service team, developing and executing efforts to support strategic business goals, team communications, events and logistics. She is also co-chair of the LEAD (Latinos for Excellence, Advancement & Development) Employee Resource Group (ERG).
In 2020, Angie, her husband, and son moved houses. Here, she tells us about her typical day, working from her new home.
Like most of us, there are days when I just feel really motivated; there are others when I drag myself out of bed. Whether I’m motivated or not, taking time to enjoy breakfast with my family makes for a great start to my day. It’s a really important routine for me to make sure we know that we’re there for each other, especially in this current environment. Being at home makes it easier to be there for them if they need me and I’m very grateful for that.
I also try to keep breakfast healthy, so I stick to eggs, maybe some avocado if they’re in season. (Of course, being Hispanic, avocado is a staple in our home!) Then, maybe a slice of turkey bacon and an English muffin or some bread - some type of carb for balance. I’ve found that working from home has increased my intake of coffee significantly, so I’ve tried to cut down. . .although not too successfully.
Getting organized, and taking a break
Before the pandemic, I had a grueling two-hour commute into New York. Now that we’re working at home, although there is less commuting time, it feels that we are all working a lot more, so I have to be especially organized. I set aside 45 minutes or an hour first thing in the morning to get settled, regroup, and make a checklist of what I want to accomplish for the day.
As for other daily routines, I try to have lunch with my son and my husband, who are also at home. I also try to step out of the house, just to take a brief walk and find a moment for myself.
What I do varies from day to day but I love being challenged, learning new things and pressing forward with my team. I’m in frequent meetings throughout the day, engaging with my team and others, discussing objectives and other initiatives we’re working on. At the end of the day, it’s well worth it . . . we accomplish so much more by working together and retain that sense of engagement even though we’re not physically together.
Taking the LEAD
During the day, I also make time for my work with the LEAD ERG. We collaborate with our core leadership team, senior leaders, and other ERGs to provide events that help our members in their development and career as well as awareness of our Latino culture. I believe that developmental component is so important in our Latino community—we spend so much time on our day-to-day work that we don’t give enough time to it. LEAD helps bring our community and allies together and enriches us by helping to develop our softskills through networking with senior leaders in the organization and professional development programming as part of our Adelante! series.
New York Life has a “let's get lunch” kind of culture. I love that. This past year our LEAD ERG members haven’t been able to get together in person, but having virtual events has given us such a broader reach. It’s amazing that we now have more ways to connect all our members from our different sites, like New York City, Tampa, Jersey City, Cleveland, Dallas, and Minneapolis, as well as other offices across the country.
Time for me
If I don’t get to take a walk in the afternoon I’ll step out of the house for a few minutes after work. Or I’ll just sit out in my backyard by myself, to get some fresh air and clear my head. I do most of my errands after work but it varies from day to day. Usually I’ll finish work, decide what we’re going to do for dinner with my husband, and go to the supermarket if we need to. Sometimes though, I just sit on the couch, relax and watch TV–something amusing that distracts me from the day’s work . . .like The Real Housewives of New Jersey!
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