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Why employers and employees need to be flexible about flexible working
Nicola McKelvey, Director and PR Mums Founding Mum
I’ve started this article many times over this year, under several different guises. I’ve discussed the work life balance. Lazy Girl Working. People with a side hustle. But it essentially boils down to the same thing – flexible working.
New role, new place, new Mum? Here’s some things to think about before making the leap.
Shilpa Saul, Inclusive Communications Director, The Unmistakables and PR Mums Founding Mum
Leaving my job to become a mother was a shock to the system. For years, all I’d thought about was my career, my clients, my team. I worked as hard as I possibly could to climb the ladder - for no other reason than I wanted to earn as much money as I could. There, I said it - at the time, I equated success with salary.
Parental Leave - How employers can support their employees and navigate this emotionally challenging time.
Bethany Pearson, Director at Grayling and PR Mums Founding Mum
Despite well-intentioned wishes of ‘enjoy your time off!’ before turning your out-of-office on, anyone who’s had the fortune to go on parental leave will categorically agree that annual leave this is not!
The Leadership Gap
Louise Thompson, leadership coach for Communications and PR professionals
Have you fallen into the “leadership gap” as a woman in PR? Here’s what we can do to fix it.
Parenting made me a better client manager
Amy Roberts (Community Member)
While being a parent offers its own personal rewards, it can also offer valuable insights and skills that can be a professional gift, especially with regard to client management. Below are a handful of examples. Effective Communication Communication is essential in both parenting and client management.
Reconnecting with your values after having kids
Dr Claire Vowell
Reconnecting with your values after having kids Let's talk about something that many of us can relate to: losing sight of a sense of yourself after having kids and feeling disconnected from your core values. Imagine these values as the sturdy foundation of a house – they shape our lives, from our work to our family, and even our hobbies. They're like a compass guiding us through every decision we make and are a vital part of who we are. When we’re disconnected from them, we end up feeling a bit lost, unsure, and unsatisfied. Now, here's the good stuff – when we reconnect with our core values, magic happens! Making decisions that align with our true selves becomes natural. No more getting swayed by short-term desires or worrying about what others think. Instead, we find greater satisfaction in life, as we focus on what truly matters to us. When we know what's important, it becomes easier to pursue our dreams and set meaningful goals. Plus, we become better at recognizing and letting go of anything that doesn't match our values. It's like decluttering our life and making space for what really counts. Now, you might be wondering, how can we get back in touch with our core values? This can take a bit of work but follow these steps and you should reap the benefits: 1. Take a moment to reflect on your journey so far. Think about the values that have guided your decisions in the past. Write down your thoughts and feelings about them, and why they matter to you. 2. From here, dig deep and identify your core values. Consider what truly matters most to you – your goals, your joys, and the people you love. Think about the legacy you want to leave for your kids. 3. Talk to others. Share your values with friends, family, colleagues, or mentors. Talking about them can strengthen your connection to what matters most. 4. Be mindful of how your actions reflect your core values. Take time each day to check in with yourself and reflect on how your actions align with your values. This simple practice keeps you on track and helps you stay motivated. 5. Last but not least, embrace self-acceptance. Your core values make you who you are, and that's something to cherish. Embrace them, own them, and let them guide you to a life of purpose and meaning. Connecting with our core values is a powerful journey that can lead you back to feeling more like you again. Embrace your values, let them shape your decisions, and create a life that's genuinely true to you.
Making flexible working work better for women
Emma Padden (Managing Director)
For full clarity, even though I am at the helm of PR Mums I’m not a mum. We tried but it didn’t happen. For anyone who has been through something similar will know how awful it is. Its highly emotional, pressured, exhausting and stressful to name a few ways it can impact an individual.
How to Handle Imposter Syndrome When Returning to Work
Gill Munro, Career Mindset Coach for PR Professionals
Ultimately The Return is filled with conflicting emotions. PR Mums, which is tackling both the practical and psychological routes back to a fulfilling work life, recognise that it’s not simply a case of just stepping back into a job role that has been held open for you.
LAUNCH OF PR MUMS
A pathway for former PRs to return to work after starting a family.
Pioneering new model for a hybrid recruitment company, community hub and events platform, with overwhelming industry support.
A culture of kindness
Jonathan Kirkby, Managing Director Instinct
Not only is it vital we provide a flexible and supportive environment for working parents (after all, life with the juggle of kids is stressful enough). But it makes good business sense too.
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