It might be a job to others but for us, it's a lifeline. Sanity. You will get us for 100% of your time. We work to a tight schedule and need to leave on time so will work like a ninja to make sure everything is completed on time. No time for office gossip, there's work to be done! Our productivity levels will make you question what your fulltime staff do all day!
The first meeting of my new post-kids freelance career took place at an upmarket private members club deep in the countryside. Suited, booted and over-prepared I navigated the car down the long entrance drive before promptly taking a wrong turn and ending up down a lane to the side of the car park....instead of in the car park itself.
Ultimately, there's a reason so many people want to work flexibly - it means you can do your job to the highest standard without putting the rest of your life on the backburner. It's meant I've been there to collect the girls from nursery, and to bake the biggest and the best cakes on their birthdays.
The reason that flexible working is so popular with mums (and dads) is because you have to confront what you are doing when you need to be at nursery at 6pm (or get fined every minute you are late). You can no longer pretend that your working habits are okay or workable.
And herein lies the rub. HR needs to change its practices. Companies need to re-evaluate their attitudes to fatherhood as well as motherhood. The infrastructure needs to change to give us more support.
Despite the excitement around having a baby, in reality there is a lot of planning that comes with it that can seem daunting and stressful. When planning to take time off work, you want to make sure you create a plan that is best for you and your employer and make the most of the options available to you.
The Government Wants To Help Mothers Return To Work, But What Can Flexible Working Really Bring To An Organisation?
Flexible working itself requires highly sought-after skills, and we should not be afraid to draw this to the attention of recruiters and employers. We will need to prove ourselves and the value we bring. We are a flexible working PR and Communications consultancy, and here are some of the lessons we have learnt from our own experience:
To an extent this was true, although the music festivals now tend to be of the kid friendly variety, as do the restaurants and the holidays. I am happy about the changes but I would lie if I said it was an easy transition into parenthood. It is more like a seismic overnight shift.
This is not to say that the relationship between email and the average knowledge worker doesn't need a bit of rapprochement. Workers in the UK are using almost the equivalent of their paid leave, 29 days, on sorting through their inboxes.
I don't understand why I should not get to choose the type of contract I enter into with my employer - why should the unions and courts decide for me? I'm not a child that needs to be told what's best for me.