More and more people I talk to are looking for choice and control over their time and effort and it seems some employers are listening, but not enough. There is significant evidence that well-managed, flexible work practices lead to greater engagement and motivation and sustainable businesses.
Associate Director at KMPG, Jayne Parish, shares her return to work journey and shares her top 6 tips for managing part-time work alongside raising a family. Some great advice, particularly for those of you that have previously tried and given up – the world of work is changing….perhaps it’s time to give your career another try?
Employers have an important role to play in helping Australia’s working mums. The WGEA data shows that Australia still has a way to go before they get the full support they need. One area which needs improvement is parental leave.
The women I know have chosen or settled for specific roles so as not to feel guilty walking out of the office at 4pm. Roles in which they won’t be expected to attend 8am meetings, or meetings that finish at 6pm, or drinks and dinners with key stakeholders that may keep them away from their families on weeknights. Does it have to be like that?
What is the MOVE Careers Program? This program is designed to provide more experienced professionals with the opportunity to MOVE their career forward and continue their professional growth on flexible terms. Program participants are provided flexible employment opportunities as either technical experts or managers and supported to have successful careers through flexibly delivered and curated…
Face your Fears – and make real progress towards your work dreams! This next blog from the ‘Reboot Your Confidence’ series by Kate Wilkie and Debra Close explores our inner fears and shows us how we can overcome them.
Thank you to Lianne Baker for sharing her open letter to Hiring Managers and Recruiters with our community. Experienced senior HR leader Lianne captures beautifully the vulnerability all new mothers feel when trying to return to work, and has some sage advice for employers.
The reality is that we all have parts of work and life that we want to change – it cant be “perfect” all the time. And that’s true! Trying to have someone else’s idea of balance just isn’t going to work.
FlexCoaches Debra and Kate take are taking us on a journey. A journey to help women find their confidence, return to work and own their future.
Sometimes life throws you a curve ball, and for Sue Urquhart, that meant taking a 13 year break from paid work to raise her young family, a daughter and two sons. Here Sue shares her Return to Work story, and how EY’s approach to flexible working and open minded approach to exploring possibilities has supported and encouraged her on the journey.
Work-life balance is not so much the ability to juggle our time, but rather, mindfully and intentionally pursuing our goals in accordance with our values.
852 women and 132 men responded our FlexCareers survey on pregnancy, parental leave and return to work experiences, and hundreds more brave women reached out to us to share their stories, many of whom have never returned to work because of how they were treated. On International Women’s Day 2018 we published our findings, in the hope that employers will acknowledge that we have a problem – and take urgent steps to address it. We’d like to thank each and every member of our community that participated – your voices will be heard.
One of the key drivers in my life is social justice – equality for all. I marched passionately for same-sex marriage, and I continue to fight for gender equality. I have made a commitment to myself that, in all aspects of my life, I will actively make a difference in the world that I live in…
It is challenging working in a field that is largely male-dominated. Earlier in her career, Carolyn Algar, Chief Information Officer at Z, was acutely aware of being different from her male colleagues and has regularly felt pressure to adapt and conform. Here she gives her advice to women considering a role in ICT, and what organisations can do to support them.
In a move celebrated as creating one of the most generous parental leave entitlements amongst New Zealand’s large employers, staff at FlexCareers employer partner ANZ will be able to access 26 weeks paid leave at their usual salary, plus an additional 2 weeks family leave, offering 28 weeks leave at their full salary.
Are you seeking a change in your organisation? Perhaps you are seeking a better work-life balance? FlexCoach Rebecca Grainger has these 6 tips for you.
Shifting the dial on flexibility can be a slow process but encouraging the mindset to find ways in which it can work, puts the future of work in our hands. Senior HR Leader and FlexCommunity member Allie Berridge, shares her experience of making a business case for job sharing, and provides a downloadable plan that will help you negotiate the flexibility you need.
Working from home can seem like the holy grail of work-life balance – no more long commutes or expensive wardrobes, and more time to spend with the people that matter most to you. But even for the most focused and motivated person, long periods of time without social interaction and a lack of work-life boundaries can be a challenge. So how can you really get the best of both worlds?
There are two major things limiting today’s conversation on flexibility – one is our definition of the ‘normal’ working week and the other is our definition of flexibility.
Is there a perfect recipe for success or do we just need to follow our hearts and give it a go? FlexCareers community member Betsy shares her Return to Work story.