shaky start I have managed a perfect attendance record.
I am actually quite enjoying myself.
A number of my friends are Returning to Work at the moment. Many have to do it for financial reasons, some because they want to, but mostly, it seems the decision comes from workplace laws. They have to go back or else they won't have a job.
I work for the government, so it terms of 'family friendly' human resources management, I have a Best Practice employer. They offer 12 months maternity leave (with the option to extend for another 12 months), some of which is paid. They offer part-time hours on your return to work, until your child is at school. And they offer work-from-home options (provided it suits your job role and department).
I know I am lucky.
This flexibility has meant that after the twins were born I was able to have 18 months off. I now only work 2 days per week (and my full-time job is still open to me once Dew Drop and the Minx go to school). And I can work from home, sometimes, when it suits me. They also let me set my hours of work (I choose 8-1630 because that works for our family).
It is this flexibility that I hope will one day be available to all women in Australia (and other countries too). I know some of the larger corporates are living up to expectations in this arena, but lots of workplaces aren't. Like the situation one of my friend's finds herself in where she has been made redundant because her job role "can't be done part time". Why the bloody hell not, I ask?
It makes me shudder a little that in this technologically advanced world job-sharing is still shunned, part-timers are the scurge of the workplace and flexible work practices have to be begged for.
What's up with that?