Why a working mum needs a work wardrobe

I think having work wear is like having a uniform or armour. It sets out your intention for the day, helps you distinguish between your home and work life, and gets you in the right mindset. I think that having clothing that you specifically wear for your job can be  incredibly powerful, particularly as a working mum. When I first began working in recruitment and coaching, many years ago, my employer had a very strict dress code. Suits in black,…

10 ways to make it easier to return to work after maternity

Returning to work after maternity can be difficult, particularly the longer you have taken off. You may not be returning on the same work arrangements or in the same role if you’ve had to accommodate childcare schedules. It’s likely that you might feel wary or concerned that you can’t juggle everything, or even that if you’ve forgotten how to do your job. Even if you feel prepared and are looking forward to it, you may worry that others perception of…

Why I hate team building days

“We’re going to cross this field with two buckets and one plank, whilst carrying a pound of mint humbugs. If we do this, we’ll be a better team!” No, what you’ll be is a group of snarky people. What you’ll have is a group of people ruining the clothes their hard earned money has paid for, snapping at each other for minor infractions, and resenting the day you were ever born. We don’t do this sort of malarkey to build…

Flossie and the work grenade

Flossie – name of a new, super cool band? No, although if anyone wants to adopt it as a band name I’m copywriting it here. What I’m actually referring to is the “Flossie” trap, a situation which many people find themselves in both in their work and home environments. It’s when you’re the reliable go to person that always says yes and does any task thrown at you. You never let people down. It sounds like a good thing right?…

4 tips for applying for flexible working

Flexible working can include a range of options to enable you to better manage your commitments while completing the duties of your job. It can include: • Working an agreed number of hours per day but with flexible start and finish times • Working at multiple locations or home working • Compressing your hours, so you can work your contracted hours over fewer days, or vary the number you work each day. • Varying the weekly hours you week, so…

Colour me Beige…Fashion, Feminism and the Capsule Wardrobe

If you’re a regular reader, you might have read my recent post about my joy at finally getting a pair of skinny jeans that fit. A baby and hitting forty hasn’t done my figure any favours. I don’t particularly mind. I’ve reached a quiet acceptance that things aren’t going to bounce back as quickly as they used to. I’m okay with that as long as I feel good and I’m healthy. Still it’s easy as a mum when you are…

A working mum’s struggle to find a flexible working pattern that fits.

  If this is the first post you’ve read of mine, let me introduce myself. I’m Helen and I’m a working mum and a parenting, food and lifestyle blogger. My son is two. I returned from maternity on a temporary promotion  in July 2017. As the end of the temporary promotion loomed, I knew that we couldn’t afford childcare and a large drop in pay. What followed after several spreadsheets and negotiations with my line management at that time, was…

Flexible working – thoughts from a working mum

It’s 5am and I’m awake. I’m almost always awake then. Small Boy is an early riser. I’ve been up at 5am for two years straight now. It’s now the norm. It works in my day jobs’ favour… sort of. I work full time hours for a large organisation but I compress the bulk of them across three days. Those are the days I go into the office and Small Boy goes to nursery. In some respects, being up at 5am means…

A day in the life of a working mum – the working from home day

Today is a home working day. It’s all a bit manic, and the flexibility feels pressuring rather than empowering. Home working days are a juggle. I work around Small Boy and his naps. If I’m lucky my mother might come around for an hour in the afternoon after she’s finished work. On one of the days, Small Boy’s dad is home late morning as he compresses his hours so that helps. But it’s still a juggling act. A traffic jam…