With the new year just days away, I can’t help but start to consider the ideal that is “work life balance” as a parent. There is no doubt that it is not easy being a parent and working a full time job. Being constantly pulled in each and every direction becomes tiresome and we end up constantly questioning why there aren’t more hours in the day, because damn we need them! The thoughts of returning to work have played on my mind since Little Bean was born and I’m wondering is there an answer to the perfect work life balance.
As part of a collaborative series this week I’m considering my place in the working environment, my role as an employee and as a mum and how the two can be merged now that I’m Momma Bear to two cubs. And of course I’m not forgetting Papa Bear in this scenario and wondering how his work life balance can be altered too. If anything, our work life and our family life needs monitoring so that our mental health is in tip top condition!
Today’s post is about searching for a job that will suit your family life. I would love to know how you and your family manage careers and children so please do let me know in the comments.
Searching for a new job can be stressful and difficult at the best of times, but when you need to find a job that can fit well around your family life, it can be even more challenging for you. However, it’s not an impossible challenge; you just need to take the right steps and think clearly about what things are most important of all. Read on to learn about how you should find a job that will fit around your family life.
Find an Understanding and Flexible Boss if You Can
The attitude of your new boss will have a massive impact on how easy it is for you to fit your work around your family life. At the end of the day, your boss is the person who will be making the calls when you need time off or some extra flexibility. Talk to them and see how open they are to those kinds of options. Flexible bosses are much easier to work with, especially when you have specific needs relating to spending time with your family.
Choose a Job With Regular Working Hours
You don’t want to be working inconsistent and irregular hours when you have a family to think about. That’s simply common sense, and some jobs are more likely to have regular working hours than other. Things like data entry jobs tend to be regular office jobs with predictable hours. But if you’re going to be working in retail, the hours you’re asked to work can change depending on the season and the success of the business. Keep that in mind when you’re choosing your next job.
Consider How Much Energy You’ll Have Left at the End of the Day
The nature of the work you do each day will dictate how much energy you have left at the end of it. If you come home from work worn out every day, you will not have the energy to spend productive time with your family because you will simply want to go to bed. That’s when you get into a vicious circle, and it’s always your family time that misses out. Take this into account when choosing your next job.
Late Starts Might Help With the School Run
If you can find a job that allows you to start a little later than you ordinarily would, it could help you with some of the things that make parenting so difficult. For example, you’ll be able to do the school run with some time to spare if you don’t have to start work early. It will make your family’s morning routine far less chaotic and challenging than it might otherwise be, and that’s something that can be massively beneficial for everyone.
At the end of the day, nothing is more important than your family and the amount of time you get to spend with them. If you feel like your current or old job stopped you from having a fulfilled family life, make sure you don’t end up with the same problem this time around.
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