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.
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
Follow us on Twitter at @parentwrkthrive Getting the work / home juggle right From observing many full- and part-timers over the years - and having been both myself - somewhere around 3.5-4.5 days there is a sweet spot in terms of working hours, which enables both home and work life to thrive. Full time hours, … Continue reading Part-time hours and flexible working – the sweet spot
Why does motherhood still come with so many negative perceptions at work? Why do new mums often lose confidence (and employers lose faith in them) when in reality they are often more capable, resilient and motivated than before having children? Why are they still tearing themselves apart with guilt that they aren’t doing a good … Continue reading Why should we rethink work for parents?