I asked Hassanah Rudd, recruiter extraordinaire, to write the topic for this week’s tweet chat. In her blog ‘Getting so frustrated‘, Hassanah challenges the status quo of employing people on a full time basis and requiring them to be present in the office.
This is not just an issue for woman (and men) with families but also for retirees looking for different work options and younger generations with an expectation of more flexibility. We want to be able to balance work, family, exercise and everything else.
Personally, it is easy for me to take this issue to heart and this week it has been slapping me in the face more than normal. Starting with Hassanah’s blog, then an article in the NZ Herald about too few woman on boards and then, what I thought was a rather blunt blog, about being a breadwinner or marrying a breadwinner that Sarah Miller tweeted.
Because when you’re a married female with an awesome job, great career prospects, a biological clock ticking away and already struggling to balance work, exercise, family and friends, the prospect of throwing kids into that mix is a terrifying cross-roads.
There are also bigger questions and realities here about how time out from the work-force impacts woman’s (and sometimes men’s) ability to climb the career ladder and reach senior and board positions. So how do we support educated, qualified, well presented, energetic, experienced, hard working, dedicated people with excellent CVs, track record and references, to stay connected to their careers?
Our questions for this week’s tweet chat are:
Q1) How do you balance all aspects of your life? What works? What doesn’t?
Q2) What are the consequences of maintaining a 9 to 5 and present in the office management style?
Q3) What does the future of work look like?
Q4) How can HR influence and sell this concept to key stakeholders?