According to GetWorkSimple, the majority of employers now accept that teleworkers are more productive than their office based colleagues. With rising costs of travel and increased focus on the bottom line, many companies too are adopting a much more progressive approach to working policies as way to increase productivity and reduce office related costs.
Great news for non-london based PR types and even better news for working parents.
Do your grocery shopping online, have it delivered Friday evening, keep weekends supermarket-free.
Find a group of working mums with similar interests to you who can you can learn off and support each other.
Often networking events etc. are in the evenings which make it tricky for a lot of working mums to attend. Find the areas that interest you and if decent high profile stuff doesn’t exist, start your own group.
Better still, do it at lunchtime or after the school drop off in the morning so it doesn’t eat into the work day or mess up your childcare arrangements.
A friend and I have done just this and there seems to be a genuine and growing need for more networking opportunities for working mums.
A new book coming out next month, aims to look at how you can make working motherhood work for your family, your employer and yourself.
The author, Jessica Chivers, is an inspirational speaker and uses her coaching capability and psychology background to help women and employers recruit, retain and manage the balance of work and family.
In her own words, the book is:
“65,000 words on what it takes to make working motherhood, work by Jessica Chivers coming your way from Hay House, June 2011. Inspiring, energising, practical and filled with the experiences of over over 150 real mothers. This is the book any confused and tired mother who’s wondering how the hell she’ll manage going back to work needs to read before she does. Clarity and confidence will be yours at the end of it, that’s my promise.”
More info at the Facebook group, Twitter feed or website.
Have a back up childcare plan for when the kids (or you) are ill.