Whether it’s part time working, working remotely, job sharing, or working around core hours, flexible working is something I find myself talking about on a daily basis.
Any parent or carer who reads this may already be juggling childcare and work over the holidays and for many it’s an ongoing challenge.
Being a parent myself I know first-hand of these challenges, after I had my son I knew I wanted to return to work, however keeping the all-important work–life balance was hugely important to me and my family. Luckily Copeland supports flexible working and I’m proud to be a working parent.
Sadly, many companies still don’t embrace the nature of flexible working and find they lose great employees who feel they just don’t have that right balance.
If you are one of those who are starting to look to find the perfect work–life balance there may be things you can do in your current role..
Look into your company policies
You may find your company already has a flexible working policy but no one has taken this up.
Talk to them
Be honest with your current employer, if having a reduced lunchbreak means you can get to the school on time, would it be possible?
Look at other options
If another role came up in the company that had the flexibility to work from home/ part time hours/ job share, could you apply internally for this?
Speak with others in a similar situation
Whilst one rule doesn’t fit all, speak with others around you who may be able to offer you suggestions in your current work place as to how you can juggle your work-life balance.
After exploring your current options, if you feel that the only way to enhance your work–life balance is to move jobs, then make sure you really know what you are looking for and go for the right reasons to the right company that can offer you this. Work with your recruiter to help you find the right role.
We are lucky enough at Copeland to work with a large number of companies of all different sizes who embrace flexible working, that enables them to be able to attract and retain a diverse pool of talent.
Get in touch if you are looking for a new role.
Nicola Hedges, Lead Senior Recruitment Consultant