With so many different demands on our time and energy nowadays, many of us feel as though our lives are spinning out of control. As we struggle to meet our responsibilities in the workplace, at home and to ourselves, we begin to feel increasingly that we are not doing well enough in any area of our lives.
The world that we live in is a challenging one. New technology means that more and more companies are dealing in global markets and across different time zones, and even local retail customers are no longer prepared to settle for 9-to-5 service. For today’s workers, these things mean greater opportunities for flexible working patterns than ever before.
Flexible working provides advantages not just for working moms. Flexible working also benefits men and women who want the chance to better fulfill their roles as parents, partners or caregivers; to recover some sense of a social life; or simply to fit their work schedules to their natural body clocks and make the best use of those times of the day or night when they feel at their sharpest or most productive. Greater flexibility can also allow employers to become more competitive, creating a win-win situation for all.
If you think that a revision to your working patterns could tip your work/life balance in the right direction, then speak to your employer. You could be doing yourself and your employer an enormous favor!