Transit is a Family Business

Jay PerryBlog

When a TransLoc employee says that “TransLoc is a family,” it’s an expression that carries a deeper meaning to Megan Wilson and Ally Hatfield.

In January 2017, Megan joined TransLoc’s Morgan, Utah office as a senior account manager. On the side, she assisted with TransLoc’s backend account setup to help the budding start-up scale in size and scope. Recognizing that more help was needed (and fast) for backend account management, Megan recommended that the team interview her daughter, Ally, who was searching for a flexible gig while on summer break from Brigham Young University.

The interview was a success. Soon after, Ally clocked in for her first day on the job.

Her new office looked familiar.

“Ally pulled up a desk right next to me in our spare bedroom,” said Megan. “I spent that summer teaching her everything I knew.”

Mom knew best. Ally was a natural who quickly established herself as a reliable and deadline-driven superstar.

Today, as members of the Client Operations team, Megan and Ally team-up to deliver expert customer and product support to thousands of TransLoc customers.

There have been some changes over the last four years. Ally is a college graduate with an adorable baby girl named Charlie. And their desks in Springville, Utah are now separated by three miles instead of three feet.

What hasn’t changed is the pride they feel in celebrating the other’s success. The strengths they admire in each other serve as unique motivation for professional development.

“If [my mom] sees something wrong or has an opinion, she’ll speak her mind,” said Ally. “I’m definitely quieter and need to work on speaking up more.”

Professional growth isn’t the only perk of working together as mother-daughter. Surprise visits from Charlie are a major bonus too. 

“During our remote team meetings, Ally will sometimes bring my grandbaby onto the call,” said Megan. “Who else can say they get to see their grandbaby at work?”

Those small moments when personal and professional overlap often become great memories. However, Megan and Ally are aware that too much overlap can lead to burnout.

“It’s important to separate work from personal life,” said Ally. “When it’s work time, it’s work time. After that, let’s talk about something other than work!”

Megan and Ally agree that their professional relationship has created a stronger mother-daughter bond. Whereas some parents may struggle to comprehend the careers of their children (and vice versa), Megan and Ally have a mutual understanding of the nuances of each other’s roles at TransLoc. 

“Work is something that is a significant part of our waking hours,” said Megan. “So it’s nice to be able to share that time with my daughter—not all parents can say that.”

At TransLoc, we are looking to expand our family! Visit our Careers portal to learn how you can join a purpose-driven company that is revolutionizing mobility for all.

 

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