In this new blog from Career Savvy, the team look at how to balance your career with kids.
A recent study carried out by 4Children found that 47% of the parents asked had considered leaving their jobs to care for their children full-time. If childcare is a concern for so many, what measures can you take to help balance your working life and parenthood?
Kids normally finish school when the majority of people are still in work. Fortunately, most schools run after-school activities, ranging from sports, to art and music. The majority of children will attend an extra-curricular club each week anyway, so doing so straight after school will not mean less time spent together. Plus, you’ll have more quality time with your child in the evening if they do their activities while you are at work. Also consider the benefits it will have for your child: they can learn a new skill, make new friends and develop in a multitude of ways.
As new regulations allow any employee of at least six months to request flexible working (read more here) more parents are finding it easier to arrange their career around parental responsibilities. Flexible working can involve re-arranging your hours or working from home. You can potentially organise a later start so you can take your kids to school/nursery or an earlier finish to collect them. If flexible working isn’t currently on offer in your workplace, you’ve got nothing to lose by asking your employer whether it can become an option.
Working From Home
With many offices making the transition to cloud-based computing, working from home is easier than ever in a technical capacity. Of course, working from home doesn’t allow you to give your undivided attention to a child, so it’s a lot to take on when looking after a baby, for example. But as kids become slightly older, it can be the perfect solution. A combination of office and home working during the week is preferable to many, as those with small children can synchronise their office days for when their children are at nursery.
If you’d like to find out more on this topic, read our blog on getting back into work after maternity leave.