The world of work is changing. We already spend more than 90,000 hours of our lives at work (http://www.businessinsider.com/disturbing-facts-about-your-job-2011-2?IR=T#the-average-person-spends-90000-hours-at-work-over-their-lifetime-2) – more than 10 years solid – and this is set to increase as retirement ages and our pensions vanish into the distance.
Most of us are still going to be working when we’re 70.
But more importantly, more of us are finding ways of reinventing the office based nine to five to create a more blended work/life balance.
It’s not just young people who want to change the way they work either – increasingly, it’s older people who are realising there’s more than a one-size-fits-all way of earning a crust.
In particular, working mums are innovating the ways they work as strict in-office hours are often not compatible with raising a family.
It’s also becoming more acceptable to decide to re-invent yourself and change direction at least once in your career. Increasingly, we’re getting into our forties and trying something new. It’s about having the confidence to break the rules and realise your career doesn’t just have to be in a straight line – it can be wiggly.
You can – whisper it – be happier, healthier, as well as more productive and creative when the 9-5 is working for you.
We need to realise flexible working is the future.
Digital Mums know this – they specialise in training women with families to become social media experts so they can work part-time for small businesses. Digital Mums did some research which found six out of 10 working mothers don’t have access to flexible work, despite laws introduced in 2014, and nearly seven out of 10 stay-at-home mums would go back to work if flexible work was an option (https://digitalmums.com/blog/workthatworks-report).
I genuinely believe you have the right to ask for flexibility at work but you do have to hold up your end of the bargain – which is to be brilliant and dedicated to what you do. Show your boss that you are not just…