Flexible work offers many women the right balance of career and motherhood. It may be a great choice for you if you want (or need) to work, but don’t want the insecurity of going freelance, or have the time to invest in starting a business.
But while flexible work can allow you the freedom to spend time with your child while continuing your career, it doesn’t work for everyone. We weigh up some of the positives and negatives of flexible work to help you decide if it’s right for you.
The benefits of flexible work
As a working mum, flexible work offers a number of benefits:
- You get the best of both worlds – spending time with your children and with other adults.
- By negotiating an arrangement that works for you, you’ll feel more in control of your time.
- Flexible working enables you to retain your earning capacity and position.
- You’ll have more time and energy to take care of your family responsibilities.
- Many career women with children say that working flexibly helps them feel less stressed and they enjoy better health.
- You may save on commuting time and costs.
- You can save on childcare costs.
- You can schedule your work around the times that you know you perform better.
Things to consider
As with many choices in life, flexible work does have its disadvantages. When deciding whether flexible work is the right decision for you, you need to consider:
- If you work less hours you’ll earn less money.
- Flexible working can make you feel more isolated from your colleagues.
- You need to be more self-disciplined and better at time management.
- It may affect your chances of promotion.
At the end of the day, only you can decide if flexible work is the right choice for you and your family. But by considering all the possible advantages and disadvantages, you can be confident that your decision is informed and feel more prepared for, and even excited about, what lies ahead.Hannah Martin