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Mum’s LinkedIn post highlights how ‘world of work is changing’

A mum on maternity leave shared on the site that employers are becoming more inclusive after she brought her daughter to several job interviews.

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There are many challenges working parents face, one being inclusivity.

 

For example, throughout the pandemic this issue has cropped up as data revealed that childcare has halted the careers of mothers in Britain, indicating a lack of inclusivity for these employees.

 

This was echoed in a survey by Pregnant Then Screwed, which found that almost three quarters have been forced to cut work hours because of issues with childcare.

 

Despite this, the pandemic has shone a light on how difficult it has been for working parents to juggle work and home life responsibilities, and as such more businesses have implemented increased flexibility to help support these employees and improve inclusivity.

 

And now, it seems the tide may be continuing to turn as one mother on maternity leave who is seeking new work opportunities recently shared a post on LinkedIn stating that she has started to take her child with her to job interviews due to a lack of childcare.

 

Louise Ali wrote in the post, which has garnered over 19 thousand reactions and 500 comments: “I’ve met with a handful of companies over the last couple of weeks, 9/10 walking around a field with my little sidekick strapped to me.”

 

She also shared an image of herself with her daughter and said that every person she has spoken with has been “so patient and understanding”. Plus, Ali stated that attending interviews with her daughter has showcased resourcefulness and her ability to multitask, something many of the employers she has met with have pointed out.

 

Ali continued: “I can’t just tuck her away while I have an interview, I have to find a way to work around her. I’ve been so impressed with the acceptance of my position. Employers recognise that being a parent isn’t a setback.

 

“The world of work is changing.”

 

Positive reaction

Ali’s post was met with an overwhelming positive response. Katie McLean, a learning, talent & performance development expert who is also on maternity leave, wrote: “Thank you so much for your post – it is really inspiring.”

 

Elsewhere, Martine Dawber, career advancement officer at Lancaster University, said: “Breaking barriers – yes! We need more people like you, flying the flag of reality and equality.”

 

Duane Saunders, legacy administration manager at Marie Curie, also shared Ali’s belief that the world of work is changing, as he added: “This is a really interesting post. Indeed the world of work is changing. Working practices are changing even being fast tracked in a direction that may have got there eventually.”

 

Support for working families

Earlier this year the Trades Union Congress (TUC) stated that the government must go further in supporting working families, as it pointed out that the Covid crisis has “revealed the fragility of the arrangements that enable mums to maintain employment”.

 

TUC shared that the government should reform the system of parent leave and sick pay, including bringing in:

  • Ten days’ paid carers leave, from day one in a job, for all parents.
  • A right to flexible work for all parents.
  • An increase in sick pay to at least the level of the real Living Wage, for everyone in work.
  • All newly self-employed parents to have access the self-employment income support scheme (SEISS).
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