Working Mums


First baby due! It's the best of times - but often the most challenging time for your career. None of us knows how we'll feel after the baby arrives or what work and family arrangements will suit us. Yet, once we go public, everyone starts asking!

Don't worry, in this theme we share advice and stories about options that others have tried. That includes how to make the return to work afterwards, sometimes after a career break.

At Professionelle we have a peak among members in their early thirties: the family formation years. It's no surprise. The solutions that "make it all work" both for parents and for employers could fairly be called a work-in-progress. And as the more experienced parents know, the issues change when children start school, but they don't go away. For example, did you know that school children still need 27 weeks a year of care during work hours? Yes, that's half a year!

Wherever you are on the work and family spectrum, we're sure you'll find relevant and thought-provoking material here. Choosing childcare, the different work models women use, how key pieces of legislation could affect you - and how to dress to cope with the new roles in your life - it's all in this theme.

Latest articles

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  • 11 October 2010 By Jennifer Mills, Partner, and Anne Shirley, Senior Solicitor, at Minter Ellison Rudd Watts Comments: 3
    Flexible Work Arrangements - for You, the Employee

    At Professionelle, we often receive requests for advice on flexible work arrangements and how to set them up and negotiate them. Every case is different and there are some tricky situations. Here, Jennifer Mills and Anne Shirley from Minter Ellison provide their expert advice.

  • 07 May 2010 By Kim Chamberlain, Successful Speaking Comments: 2
    Women in Work and Business: How to Juggle Life’s Demands

    As a working woman, life places many demands on you. The trick is to manage these demands to ensure that you are in control of your activities. Things start to fall apart if you feel the demands are controlling you.

  • 18 December 2009 By Philippa Weaver, Green Sky Comments: 1
    A Fresh Perspective on Finding Flexibility

    Are you hunting for a more flexible work model - and practical solutions - that will allow you to keep all the balls you're juggling up in the air? Philippa Weaver has built an online business that helps you market your skills as you make the move to a less traditional work model.

  • 08 December 2009 By Galia BarHava-Monteith Comments: 0

    It's great to cover the lofty issues of how to get employees and employers cooperating properly to ensure enough flexibility to make it work for us working mothers. But let's not forget that the whole flexible work arrangement adds an extra dimension to the already perplexing question we are faced with every morning - 'what should I wear today?'!!!

  • 03 December 2009 By Jayne Muller, Altris Comments: 0
    Returning to Work in a Recession

    My current contract comes to an end in June and will not be renewed due to the current fiscal environment. I'm interested in how long it has taken other returning mothers to get back into the swing of the corporate /business environment? Have other people experienced inconsistent approaches to returning mothers' working arrangements?

  • 06 October 2009 By Sarah Wilshaw-Sparkes & Galia BarHava-Monteith Comments: 0
    Interview with Gill South: Because We're Worth It

    Gill South is a freelance writer in Auckland and also the mother of two young boys. Her first book, which she describes as a "Where To for Working Mothers" seeks to encourage all women who want to continue the careers and work roles they enjoy - after having children. You can choose to listen to our live interview with Gill in either the short or long version!

  • 02 September 2009 By Jayne Muller, Executive Coach & Director at Altris Ltd Comments: 0
    7 Top Tips for Mothers Returning to the Workforce

    At this time, when many mothers are thinking about going back to work, we turned to Jayne Muller, Executive Coach/Director, at Altris Ltd. Altris are a group of Executive Coaches who specialise in transition coaching. Altris conducted a New Zealand-based Women in Transition survey on this exact issue and have kindly provided Professionelle readers with their top seven tips and a successful case study.

  • 08 August 2009 By Sarah Wilshaw-Sparkes Comments: 0
    The R Word versus the F Word

    When the environment is full of threats, as it is right now, it's a natural instinct to hunker down. So is the F word (flexibility) losing out to the R word (recession)? A new US report delivered the verdict: flexibility is alive and well, claim employers. But do the employees agree? Do they even dare ask for flexible arrangements any more?

  • 27 May 2009 By Sarah Wilshaw-Sparkes Comments: 0
    Hot News & Views 2009

    Very often, thanks to our members, we get to hear about great sites, uplifting news and useful information for professional working women. Galia's researches for our new website and Sarah's venture into the world of Twitter have both revealed some real gems.

  • 24 March 2009 By Gil Vanture, translated by Galia BarHava-Monteith Comments: 1
    Employers - Opt For The Working Mum!

    A Hebrew-reading member alerted us to an affirming article by an Israeli psychologist, Gil Vantura, on the value of hiring working mums. Galia BarHava-Monteith translated the piece with Gil's approval. Whatever country you're in, if you're a new mum dealing with sometimes adverse comments of bosses and workers, you'll find some encouragement from this piece.