What Is Working: Small Businesses
Supporting employees' mental wellbeing is a critical business issue for organisations, but it's hard to know where to start
A wife or partner trying to keep your house free from the never-ending mountains of washing, somehow keeping the fridge stocked with food, and the house as clean as possible. And you also have a career, where you need to juggle all the competing demands that everyone else faces on a daily basis.
One day I woke up and thought, I think I should work from home permanently. That day I signed myself up to a different world. Working from home can be extremely challenging. It can be difficult to concentrate when the whole house is in a state of disarray (especially when you have four kids and it's minutes before school run).
So the problem certainly isn't a lack of enthusiasm from mums. The problem is an overwhelming number of businesses that are frightened of change. Businesses that are clinging on to a 9-5, coat-on-the-chair culture of another era.
It's 37 minutes past seven in the evening and I'm wondering if I should write about a slightly taboo topic. Taboo because no-one wants to receive the backlash of opinions when speaking for or against single parenthood!
Do I tell them how, every morning I get up, get ready, wake my partner and four children up and try and nag them out of bed to go to work/school, whilst making breakfast, emptying the dishwasher and respond to half a dozen of email before 8am?
By taking a few days away I now clearly see what I want to do with my life. I can now see what makes me happy, curious, challenged, puts fire in my belly, what will pay the bills and feeds my family doesn't have to be a different thing. They can be one and the same.
This week sees the launch of the Digital Mums #WorkThatWorks Report in conjunction with the Centre for Economic and Business Research (Cebr). And what is abundantly clear is that the lack of flexible working for mothers in the UK remains utterly scandalous.
You may have been toying with writing a book for your business for a while, but you're unsure. You're not good enough to write a business book. You're not sure it's worth the investment. You're terrified at the prospect of self-publishing. You're worried nobody wants to read about your business, and you don't really know what you're talking about anyway...
I do usually manage to fit in some writing during the day but it is sometimes hard to find the motivation as well as the time. So by last weekend, after a whole week of not writing, it was tempting to think that perhaps I should find a job and contribute to the family in a more measurable way - i.e. financially.