One of the most popular blog posts on Parent Work Thrive is what I’ve learnt from being a third-generation working mum. In this interview my mother describes what it was like to combine a career and a family in the 80s and 90s and we discuss how much has really changed.
There's been discussion online recently about flexible working and whether employers can offer it instead of a pay rise. This idea makes me profoundly uncomfortable, and I've been trying to analyse why
Holly Pither shares her experience of successfully negotiating flexible working - and her seven top tips for making a request.
For any first-generation working mums who are feeling embattled or discouraged - here is my letter from the future. My mother worked, her mother worked. Here is what I’ve learnt and why it’s helped me...
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 Trust is vital for flexible workers and their managers – here’s how to help create it
Working dads have been in the news recently - and it feels as though something new is happening. Are we seeing a cultural shift as a new generation of dads emerges who believe in equality at home and work?
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
'Mummy guilt' creeps in for many women when they start life as working mums. It's easy to feel overwhelmed and thinly stretched across work and home, and can affects their confidence - leaving them open to feeling ‘not good enough’. The causes of this are worth a blog post in their own right, but on the home front … Continue reading Why mummy guilt doesn’t help anyone – and ways to avoid it
Heading back to work after a baby is a big change - exciting but also a turbulent time. Here are seven ways to plan a successful return to work: 1) Feel the excitement Try to go back in a high energy frame of mind – let yourself feel the excitement at resuming this part … Continue reading Seven ways to ace the return from maternity or parental leave