Nancy Heltman

My parents were both Federal Civil Service and while I was always less in touch with what my father’s job was, I recall the long hours my mother worked. I can remember going to her office on weekends and learning how to use the adding machine. I remember scheduling family vacations around the Federal fiscal year (back when it was earlier) because my mother was a budget officer. I work for state government and apparently have inherited her philosophy of work, staying at the office 50 plus hours a week and Blackberrying early mornings, nights and weekends. As a manager, I hold my staff to the “get the job done” standard. Some can get their job done in 40 hours but those are not the ones on a career path.