Workable work solutions for moms
A new service that provides vacancies for moms needing flexible work hours.

Anyone who knows me personally knows that, a decade ago, I was all “career and beer”. I lived for the work I did at the time, worked crazy hours, partied in between and was completely unable to say no to anything.

That, obviously (and I am very grateful that it did!), changed when my child was born. Suddenly, getting ahead in the boardroom didn’t matter to me as much anymore. And, I will admit, I felt constrained by a highly demanding, mostly office-based job. I still loved my work, my fantastic colleagues and my ever-supportive Director but something within me changed my priorities. It was a gradual process that took a number of years to really settle within me, but when the time came, and the opportunity arose for me to make the jump into a home-based worker (thanks to a push in the right direction by the self-same Director), I took it.

I know that I am lucky because that’s not a choice that comes to all mothers, and it’s not necessarily a choice that everyone would want to make. For a long time, I believed it was the wrong choice for me, and that’s why I didn’t make the jump. I now know that it was the right choice, not only for me but for my family too.

My journey isn’t unique though. I know that many moms would love to make the transition from full-time to more flexible work, but – just like me – the financial ding you take from doing that means it seems almost impossible.

It’s heartening though, to notice employers who are flexible to parents and, in fact, all of their employees. I am not a big believer in only creating flexible opportunities for parents in the workplace – I believe that if parents are offered significant opportunities to work in a flexible way, then those opportunities should be offered to all staff, no matter their demographic details.

One service that I’ve noticed recently highlights flexible work opportunities for moms in South Africa and I was pretty excited to see quite high-level but very flexible positions listed on their site. RecruitMyMom lists vacancies on their site that are geared towards employing home-based or flexible workers, and there are no “scammy data capture 1000 forms a day and we’ll pay you 10 cents a form” types of jobs listed.

I got in touch with Phillipa Geard of RecruitMyMom and asked her about the service. She said: “More and more companies are recognizing the need to change corporate culture to attract and retain talented women. RecruitMyMom spotlights skilled time-wise employment and staffing solutions”.

I know that there are a billion job listing sites out there, but it’s nice to know that the idea of flexible work solutions is really catching on in our country. More than anything, I’d like everyone – parents, non-parents, Pet-Parents (that counts!) and every single person – to be offered jobs that work for their life, and don’t demand that their life’s work be only their job.

Am I smoking my socks or do you think flexible jobs are the future? 

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