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Working parents

5 tips for doing a full-time job in part-time hours

5 tips for doing a full-time job in part-time hours

I started my job, like many people do, as a full-time worker. Then I had a baby, and when I returned from maternity leave I worked 4.5 days a week. When my childcare circumstances changed, I went down to four days a week. Did my […]

What can Google tell us about how we see working mothers?

What can Google tell us about how we see working mothers?

I was doing a bit of Googling the other night, as you do, until Google predictive search started to piss me off. It wasn’t really Google’s fault. Its search suggestions come from what people actually search for, so Google isn’t a bastard – people are. […]

No excuses, men: don’t get your junk out at work

No excuses, men: don’t get your junk out at work

Hey men. Listen. We need to talk. If you’ve been checking the news lately, you’ll be aware that some of your fellow dudes are making you look bad when it comes to dealing with us women-folk. As a working mother with a daughter, I’ve found […]

Why I went to March of the Mummies and you should have too

Why I went to March of the Mummies and you should have too

Thanks to flexible working, I was able to leave my office for a few hours at lunchtime yesterday and do a bit of protesting in support of…flexible working. The March of the Mummies took place in London, Belfast, Cardiff, Glasgow, Manchester and Newcastle on Halloween. […]

Working parents: is your sick child affecting your job?

Working parents: is your sick child affecting your job?

I’ve only been off sick from work twice in the past 10 years. Once was because I had food poisoning (totally legit) and the other time was because I’d eaten too much the night before and couldn’t sleep because I was too full (less legit […]

Let’s be honest about part-time working

Let’s be honest about part-time working

I’ve been feeling like I needed to come out for a while. But I was embarrassed…maybe even a little ashamed. I think I’m ready now. So here it goes: I work part time. That shouldn’t be a big deal, right? And yet I almost never […]

5 reasons why employers turn down flexible working requests

5 reasons why employers turn down flexible working requests

Did you know that all UK employees have a legal right to request flexible working – not just parents or carers? Having the right to ask for flexibility is great, but the reality is that flexible working requests often get turned down. Here are some […]

Flexible working: let’s clean up the F-word

Flexible working: let’s clean up the F-word

I f-ing LOVE the f-word. The f-word is the reason that I’m able to work. It’s the reason I can continue to pay my rent and occasionally buy something expensive and ridiculous, like those little tubs of Ben & Jerry’s. It’s the reason I get […]