More than half of working mothers are concerned about losing job flexibility. Why? – National

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Mother’s Day is Sunday and as people come to celebrate the day, a new survey finds that more than half of working Canadian mothers say they are worried about what 2024 will bring, especially when it comes to the time they split between work and family .

The survey by business consultancy Robert Half shows that 68 percent of working mothers are concerned about the loss of flexibility in their jobs this year.

Tara Parry, director of continuing services at Robert Half Talent Solutions and mother of two, told Global News that having flexibility gives her a sense of confidence at her company that she can do whatever it takes to “get the job done,” while She I am also a good mother and enjoy going to sports competitions.

She notes that the COVID-19 pandemic has given working mothers some flexibility so they can spend time at home with their children while still doing their jobs, but that’s starting to change as some companies try to get people back into the office to get. .

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“It’s so important to have that flexibility as a working mother and I think if that flexibility were taken away from me now, I would have to find another option,” she said.


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The survey found that 53 percent of responding mothers felt “stuck,” and executive leadership coach and founder of the Gallant Leader Institute Carrie Gallant said this was due to conflict.

“They feel stuck because they want to stay and keep a lot of that, the benefits and the gift part of it, and (yet) see a lot of employers pressuring employees to come back to the office,” Gallant told Global News.

She said there needs to be a conversation between employers and employees to figure out what works for both groups to “be successful here together.”

However, flexibility is not the only factor: 32 percent say they hope for a promotion this year.

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The problem, Climie notes, is that some may feel like they don’t want to cause friction in asking for change because they may worry that asking could impact their job.


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Climie said that while this hesitation is understandable, it doesn’t mean you can’t ask for what you want. Wage increases are part of the ’employer-employee relationship’ and demonstrate the value you add.

“Sometimes it’s about the direct impact on revenue, profitability, managing huge teams, reflecting that and then walking through it… the question you’re asking about is completely appropriate in that context,” she said.

While there may be concerns about losing flexibility at work or feeling stuck because they don’t want to lose that, Parry said working and parenting can be a “daily struggle” to do a good job while being involved in their children.

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If you feel like your job is dragging you down, Parry says it might not hurt to see what’s out there.

“Find out if it’s something that’s solvable where you are, or if it’s actually time to go,” Parry said. “Grab some tapes and see what else is out there.”

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