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Mum's Working Flexibly

2012 has meant a change personally for me in how I work. At the end of 2011, my fantastic and wonderful nanny had to go into hospital unexpectedly. To cut a long story short, she is doing really well, but it will be a long road to recovery before she can fully return to work



My husband's work has also meant that he is away from our home in the South Coast most of the week, which meant I was facing the challenge that so many mums face in juggling children and work without any family backup or childcare support.

But do you know what - it is all working out fine

I have adjusted my working days, so I work Monday to Thursday during the school hours (I've not thought as far ahead as the holidays - we will cross that bridge when the time comes), and because I have condensed my time, I think I work much more efficiently to get the same amount of work done.

Support from my company

I am also incredibly lucky that my company supports the way I work. And that really is the key I believe to flexible working. Companies need to recognise that they can utilise a very valuable female workforce, if they are amenable to breaking out of the 5 day a week, 10 hour a day working model.

My Family Care produced a very interesting article at the start of the year - 2011 Family Friendly Year in Review. My Family Care works with companies to help them accommodate the "demands" of the working family, so that the companies offer the right amount of support, advice and services to enable mums and dads to carry on working whilst raising a family (or caring for elderly relatives).

Times are definitely changing

And you can detect the shift in attitude by companies towards accommodating a working mum. And technology is only helping with this shift - iPads, tablets, mobiles, wireless networks etc mean you can work pretty much anywhere.

Current economic times, however, have not helped the situation, but I am confident that once these trying times pass, that work and family life will be harmonised, with mums being able to choose to go back to work, rather than having no choice at all.

Amanda Coxen, Working Mum and Tinies Director

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