This story by Annie Brown appeared in The Age recently. It rang bells with me. The problem here is recruiters (most are female) create untenable conditions for mum’s working from home. Recruiters don’t want to deal with it and they don’t like it. Their thinking belongs in the mid 20th century.
Returning to work after maternity leave has been a lesson in many things: How to effectively avoid the sticky fingers of a determined and affectionate toddler as you dash out the door, actual time management, and a new respect for working mothers.
Stella Bugbee, editorial director of New York magazine's The Cut once wrote an article titled: "I had no sympathy for working mums until I became one." I was much the same.
I never felt like I judged a working mother for, say, leaving on time to pick her kids up from daycare. But I didn't, couldn't, understand the line of dominos it takes for a woman with other responsibilities – and probably too little sleep – to make it to the office and get through her work, and how easily it can all topple down.
I've realised since returning to work part-time that most of us are patching it all together and almost every working mother I quiz about how she gets it done, because that is now my opening gambit for any working mother I meet in any social circumstance, would like a better balance.
In December 2018, JustMums Recruitment surveyed 550 women in Australia and New Zealand about their experiences as working mums.
According to the survey, 83 per cent wanted a flexible working arrangement in their next role and 73 per cent wanted to change roles due to the lack of flexibility on offer.
Of the quotes compiled from those surveyed, these will ring true for many women trying to be both a good mother and a good employee:
“My request for flexibility was granted, however I ended up doing a full-time role in part-time hours!”