“Parenting” is one word employers don’t know how to handle. On the one hand, your employees are celebrating a new stage in life. you should celebrate with them. On the other hand, it means massive disruption to the way they work.
Despite progress in shared parental leave and co-parenting since the turn of the 20th century, most of the childcare burden still falls on women. Because of this, it’s not uncommon for new mothers’ careers to stagnate. Reaching your full potential while caring for a young child is something that only non-parents think is possible.
But BT’s newly appointed director, Alex Foster, insists: Division X – Employers should not forget these women (or men in some cases). Every year there is a time of revival.
“Speaking of autumn, September is the month when women have such a moment when they seriously look at their future. It’s my first time going to elementary school, junior high school, and university.
“As a result, perhaps all of that energy – time that would have been spent multitasking – can be focused on women’s careers. It’s also an opportunity to really capture, well-educated women have this kind of burst of energy.”
Embracing “freedom at last”
Many efforts to get more women into the IT industry focus primarily on encouraging young people to participate in careers. It’s a laudable goal, but it disparages the women who already exist, who (at least in the UK) each September have a huge chance in terms of reclaiming their time and energy.
“As an industry, we can start leaning into it. In fact, a large portion of the population, just like our children are growing up, is doing it little by little to accelerate, to keep learning, to grow. We can recognize that they devour the terms of school, or that they have the freedom not to be held accountable for it.”
Parents have a moment when Alex is “finally free” as their children move into a new phase of their lives. Going to college or starting a home of your own is the most “pure liberation,” but kids starting daycare and school are moments of self-empowerment.
Recognizing these moments as potential acceleration points in people’s professional lives can make for a separate conversation about career advancements that depend on children leaving the nest, but when they It’s the key to helping you seize the opportunity of the “finally free” moment.
“Women in their 40s and 50s have been multitasking 24/7 to manage everything in terms of their careers and home lives. [of children leaving home] give it to you
“If you think about it, the retirement age is 67 right now. I think people forget that a lot. You may have 27 years left, it’s been a long time, organizations aren’t thinking, ‘Oh my God, it’s been 27 years since someone’s been building muscle in terms of wanting to build muscle and grow with that multitasking’. Hmm. ”
And the world is not without late-career female role models. In politics, Alex cites Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. Sahle-Work Zewde, President of Ethiopia. Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission.in the tech space host of Exciting Womanthat too.
“I feel like I’m starting to get closer to my peak.
This is not to say that parents don’t miss their children when they are gone. It is to use
Women’s careers are not sprints as they are commonly characterized. Instead, Alex says, Iron Man is like her challenge, which has many different phases. And she should know. She’s in the next phase.
“For me, my son passed A-level this year – Fuhrer – he’s going to college and my daughter is going to college, so I can say absolutely. [in work]Personally, I feel I have a moment of freedom… I’m ready. I’m excited. I feel like I’m just peaking, some of my male colleagues may feel they’ve peaked, and I’m like, ‘No, I’m just going to put him in second gear. it’s just in. 』
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