If you want a job done, give it to working mother says Jessica Irvine, a writer for Sydney Herald and she is not far from the truth. A study by Ernst & Young has found women working part-time are the most productive in the workforce. Or rather, they waste the least amount of time at work of all workers, just 11.1 per cent compared to 14.5 per cent for the rest of the workforce. Many mothers straddle the line between working full-time and staying home with their kids. But moms who have staked out this middle ground between family and work attest to the tradeoffs required to do it successfully. Advantages include:
More Family Time
Many working women enjoy the benefits of working from home – more time with the kids, juggling the work and personal life becomes effortless and above anything you achieve personal gratification.
Part-time comes with a boon – you can pick the time and duration of your work. This helps to perfectly balance the work and personal time; you can also choose the work based on your interest rather than joining the bandwagon due to peer pressure.
Many economists state that family-related career interruptions can undermine women’s economic prospects in a variety of ways, by contributing to the gender wage gap and by narrowing the pipeline that feeds top-level jobs. Of course, for lots of women these interruptions may serve as the catalyst to a more balanced life which may in turn outweigh any lost financial benefits. To lessen these impacts part-time working comes as a blessing, you are not very far from your career and also at home-front. Surprisingly, in some ways part-time working moms are even happier than moms who stay at home. A new study by the Pew Research Center confirms that part-time mothers are more likely to spend the right amount of time with their kids than full-time moms or moms who don’t work (yes! surprising isn’t it?). The part-time moms are also less likely to say they are rushed than full-time working moms and part-time workers spend more satisfying amount of time with their partners than either full-time or unemployed people. Doing well financially is certainly a necessity but working and balancing home eloquently is also a need.