Part-time work ■
Part-time work is another version of flexible scheduling, but it deserves its own category, since for many families, it represents the golden ideal: it brings in needed income while allowing a busy parent more some time with family. But, as Stacey could tell you, it's not always easy to cut back your hours. 60 percent of adults working full-time who have children under the age of eighteen would rather be working part-time.
Many who want to work part-time become frustrated by a lack of options. Here are some reasons why:
The list above assumes you want to reduce your hours at the company where you already work. If you're looking for a new part-time job, it's even harder. For the 95 percent of women who don't want to work for the same employer once they return to the workforce, finding a suitable job can be very frustrating.
Searching for a part-time job, however, means more than just typing "part-time" into the search field of an employment site and coming up frustrated when all that comes back are multi-level marketing scams. Remember that most employers have a very difficult time finding and keeping qualified workers. If you can do the job, you might be surprised at what accommodations an employer will make for you.
Part-time work can benefit both the company and the employee. Here's how part-time workers compare to full-time workers:
Part-time work helps families, too. An IBM study of married couples with children suggests that if a mother and father split a 60-hour workweek evenly, everyone's happier.
In another study, the same authors cite the "Mac-and-Cheese Effect" to explain the increase in family and work happiness that comes with less hours and more flexibility: they found that parents who ate dinner with their children were happier than those who didn't. What it comes down to is what you probably already knew: Families that spend more time together do better.
_ When I got pregnant with my first child I was working full time as a receptionist/administrative assistant at a multi-specialty medical clinic, and my employer was very willing to negotiate a reduction in hours to part-time (at my request), including changing some job duties to ones more amenable to part-time work.
_Two executives at consulting firm Deloitte and Touche literally wrote the book about nontraditional career paths. Deloitte introduced a "corporate lattice" as a new way for people to configure their careers. Rather than feeling pressure to "move up" within the company, employees can move sideways, diagonally, or any direction they choose. Many Deloitte employees now cut back for a few years and increase their hours and responsibilities later as their family lives or goals change.