To any first-generation working mums who are feeling embattled or discouraged - here is my letter from the future. You are getting it right, even when it goes wrong sometimes. You're blazing a trail that will help your children do this even better.
Just as women have had to carve out a space in the male world of work (a project that is still ongoing!), dads are now carving out an equal role in the domestic/ childcare sphere. And there is more we could be doing to help them.
Companies who encourage and succeed with flexible working report that trust is an important element of making it work. A report by Diageo and Timewise revealed that The level of trust is exceptional and it is also normal for employees to flex where they work as and when it makes sense... What matters at Diageo is what you … Continue reading Mutual trust is the foundation of flexible working – here’s how to help create it
Parent Work Thrive is also on Twitter @parentwrkthriveWorking dads have been in the news recently - and it feels as though something new is happening: The government proposed a raft of measures aimed at increasing the number of dads taking Shared Parental Leave - and called for a culture change in how fathers are viewed … Continue reading Have we reached a tipping point for working dads and equality?
I started Parent Work Thrive because I wanted to explore what helps people thrive as parents with careers. There is a lot of non-advice out there along the lines of 'You have to work out what works for you as a family' and 'Just be confident and you will get what you want'. Which just … Continue reading Six things that should not need to be said: a manifesto for employers
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There is often an assumption that women with children aren't interested in work or motivated to succeed. And it is rarely an assumption aimed at fathers: ‘well now he’s a dad, he won’t be interested in developing himself / progression / more money’ - it just sounds weird, doesn’t it? According to a report by … Continue reading How being a parent can make you highly motivated at work – and why many mums don’t want the slow lane