This week I received an inbox message:
“Hello Hello! How are you lovely lady? A quickie, is finding a part-time role that enables us working mums to find balance a real thing? Or are we always going to be chasing our tails, working extra crazy hours to make our part-time roles work? Asking for a friend… “
The ex colleague and friend was happy for me to share this and some of the outcomes from our subsequent chat (towards progressive conversation on the topic).
Firstly, this media professional is an experienced, high performance individual who is highly sought after with an exceptional reputation. She was snapped up by an agency a mere two weeks after coming back onto the market from maternity leave and currently works part time in a tier one media agency… though notes it’s truly a six-day-a-week role at the moment.
The question, on one hand, was about the whether the ‘dream’ of part time really exists out there in a way that offers true balance for parents who have commitments to dependents outside of work. The conversation also naturally flowed into work-life-balance and the ways to help improve this beyond just the changes that can be made at work (which would take some more planning).
On that note we started the actionable work-life-balance changes here;
Back to the original question about working part-time. Right now, as an industry, we’ve clearly got a talent and resource shortage. This means we’re seeing senior people pulled further and further back into the day-to-day task based work (which often tends to be timeline/deadline based) and seeing junior talent promoted and moving up in record speed.
So to the question, is balance a real thing? Yes but you’re the one at the centre-point of the see-saw applying the pressure where it’s needed to ensure stability and, indeed, an enjoyable ride.
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