When you ask married mothers what their ideal work situation is, 47 percent say they want to work part-time, according to the Pew Research Center.

But working part-time — whether you’re married, single and everything in between — can end up being well short of ideal if you get the wrong job. Companies that hire scores of part-time workers treat those people as if their entire lives belong to the company: no set schedule, no guaranteed number of hours, and even demanding that people be perpetually on “call.” (The New York Times recently brought the ugly reality to life by looking at the impact of Starbucks’ use of scheduling software on one part-time worker at the coffee chain.)

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2 thoughts on “The virtues of a part-time job

  1. How odd I’ve been spending a lot of time recently thinking about what I want to do when I return to work. I won’t be back until early March, but I would love to over haul things so I can work pat time and solve a few ongoing work flow issues.

  2. Working Mums are truly an untapped resource. There is a HUGE amount of talent out there keen to put their skills and experience to good use but wanting/needing flexibility with work hours.

    At RBS we actively look to employ working Mums as they’re able to work our ‘core’ hours (9.30-2.30) and really value the opportunity.

    I would encourage anyone looking for good, motivated, skilled staff to seriously consider working Mums as an option.

    Tony Holland
    Operations Manager
    Rhodes Business School (Australia)

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