When my manager asked me if I would be able to go to Chile for a week for a workshop, there was this mix of thoughts dancing through my head. First, you think, that obviously she asked (instead of just announcing it, which would be the normal case probably) because I have this little guy at home, so going away for a business trip has become a bit more challenging the last year. Ok, so that´s very considerate. Then, yeah it´s going to be challenging, how will the logistics work out? Can I leave for 6 whole days? Let´s hope it doesn´t coincide with a trip from the hubs. Then, how will I survive 6 days without my baby? Will he be fine? Will I be fine? And finally, hmm 6 days alone (so much me-time! So much peace & quiet!) and in a country I haven´t been before… sounds like a pretty good offer.
When my maternity leave came to an end last year, it was time to reflect on what I wanted my working life to look like now that I was a mom. Together with my manager, I decided to start working four days a week, two of those days from home. This arrangement was great and I am so grateful for the flexibility, so that on the days I work from home I can also dedicate time to my son. I am back to working full time now but still feel that I am not missing much of his life since I work from home the majority of the week.
There you are, as a first-time-daycare-mom dropping off your little “baby” for someone else to take care of him for the rest of the day. Yes, you have been postponing this moment for a year so maybe he´s not so baby anymore, but still he´s your baby how on earth is a stranger going to take care of him?
When applying for a new job or getting a promotion, women between 25 and 35 often think they might be at a disadvantage. Whether this is true or not, fact is that that´s for many women the age group they might be starting a family or are busy running their new family. But if we think about, is that really a disadvantage? Because the way I see it, there are a lot of advantages of having a mom-employee since in many aspects moms can make better employees and have some very unique skills.
So you want to work from home or you want to increase the number of days you work from home? I guess I don´t have to ask you why. Saving the commute and thus saving a lot of time every day resulting in more time to be at home with your little ones. Having a better work life balance and not having simple things like doctor appointments mess up a whole working day thereby eating up all your holidays. But, what´s in it for your employer if you work from home (more)?