In these difficult times, we are all living and working in new ways.
Our new Day in a New York Life series offers a look into the daily lives of New York Life’s employees, particularly those 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.
Marc Weissberg is a Corporate Vice President at New York Life, working in the Operational Risk Management department. He proactively supports the company’s business areas in managing risk through risk identification and mitigation, and shares lessons learned across the enterprise. Marc sees this role as a partnership with the business, where he’s a trusted advisor with an outside perspective, but also has insight into what the business wants to accomplish.
When he’s not busy with his day job, Marc is the co-chair of the ENABLE ERG, which aims to build awareness around disability. Here, he shares his typical day, working at home.
A big family
My wife and I have three kids and we recently adopted a dog as well. My boys are ages two, seven, and nine. My seven-year-old is multiply disabled and that comes with its own set of challenges. So my day starts with getting the kids up, dressed, and ready to start the day. Right now, only my 7 year old is going to school in person, but no one is spending their day in bed relaxing around here! Both my wife and I work full time, so this a team effort every morning.
Getting down to work
I often take a quick glance at my emails to see if there’s anything pressing that needs to happen before we have breakfast. Aside from that, my day starts around 8:15 or 8:30am. I like to prioritize the most important thing that I need to handle that day. It might be an email that needs to be addressed or a meeting that I have. But I also make sure that I have some time on my calendar when I’m open for phone calls or for dealing with the ad hoc requests that I get through the day. And then I block out time for any long-term projects, making sure I have enough time during each day or week to complete them.
The best part of the (working) day
My favorite part of the day is the morning. You typically have a clean slate, even though you may have meetings or scheduled projects that you’re involved with. I enjoy that feeling. Perhaps the most rewarding thing in my job is being able to help a team member or help the business I support in any way.
One way I support the business is as a co-chair of the ENABLE ERG, which is dedicated to raising awareness of disabilities at New York Life. Our aim is to help foster New York Life’s diverse and inclusive workplace. The group also offers people with disabilities, people that are caretakers of those with disabilities, and people that are just interested in learning more, a way to really come together and share common experiences.
A person may not have the same disability or may not be a caretaker for someone with the same disability, but there are definitely commonalities in people’s experiences. This is a great way to network, learn from one another, and talk with people who can really emphathize with and support you.
One of the great things about the ERGs is you’re able to work with people you typically wouldn’t interact with day-to-day. There are people in the ENABLE ERG from practically every department within the company, who work in many different locations. It’s been a great opportunity for me to build up a network of people that can help me find answers to questions that crop up in my day job.
One of the other great things is being able to take on responsibilities that you may not have in your day-to-day role. So if you’re interested in writing for example, you can do marketing and communications for one of the ERGs. Or you can take on a leadership role and expand that skill set.
When I walk the dog, that’s my time to myself. Early in the morning, once during the day, and at night as well. This is kind of funny because I was the one that was adamant about not getting a dog, but I’ve been the person that’s probably enjoyed having a dog the most! It was my oldest son that was most interested and so we fostered and ultimately adopted our rescue in December 2020. These walks are a nice way for me to clear my head and have my alone time. And at night, it also helps to relax me before I go to bed.
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