Out of Office

Work-life Balance and Out Of Office Working Mums

Fiona MacDonald, research fellow at the Centre for Work + Life, University of South Australia, has written an interesting article for the Sydney Morning Herald entitled Working from home might not be the answer to work-life balance. MacDonald interviewed women employed as small-business bookkeepers, some working from home others working in an office. For women with caring responsibilities who work from home, MacDonald observed the following:

  • they have greater flexibility in their daily routines but “an increased likelihood work would have to be done on weekends and in the evenings and at night”
  • “tension between their caring and paid work responsibilities”
  • feelings of isolation; missing the social experience of the workplace, and not having any leisure time

MacDonald concludes with some useful advice for Out Of Office working mums that echoes the ideas and techniques we describe in our book:

  • paid work hours need to be scheduled and contained
  • contain the spaces in which work is performed so the door can be shut when the paid work day is over
  • have a mix of hours at home and hours in a separate workplace to help maintain social connections

Read Fiona MacDonald’s article in full at SMH.com.

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