• Jenna Owen

Will the end of home working disadvantage working mothers?

Updated: Jul 8, 2021

As a working mother myself I am only to aware of the challenges faced by mothers who are juggling work and family life. As restrictions come to an end and the 'work from home' mandate is retracted, I am concerned that childcare costs will rise for workers, who at the moment, can still just ‘pop out on the school run and resume their work at home a short while later’.

Childcare is ‘a significant consideration for working parents’, revealing that some figures suggest this can be as much as 55% of their average earnings. The pandemic has exposed the stark reality that it is entirely possible to continue working at the desired level (in some cases at much improved levels) and drastically reduce childcare costs simply by removing the external ‘office’ from the equation.

Working parents have got used to the greater flexibility, less financial outlays and more quality time spent at home in the absence of the commute. It’s going to be very difficult to entice working parents back into the office environment. Many forward-thinking businesses are already considering how to offer flexible working options to allow parents to continue reaping the rewards of home-working, however, those that fail to follow suit are likely to experience a mass exodus of highly talented employees.

Mother’s guilt will also be heightened when returning to work. I firmly believe that addressing and reducing this should be a top priority for businesses wanting to welcome back working mothers. As a coach for professional women, I often use Acceptance and Commitment Therapy to help my clients better prepare for their return to work.

If you are feeling the pressures of mother's guilt or are worried about returning to work, let me help ease the burden, get in touch with me today.

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