Inflexibility causing employers to miss out on parent talent

Parents are a talented bunch, with multitasking, time management, promotion, marketing and better communication just some of the skills learnt informally while raising a family or running their own business.

Yet employers could be missing out on this workforce because of inflexible working practices and the cost of childcare.

Director of Family Friendly Working, Antonia Chitty, said, “I know that I’ve developed my skills since I left employment and it looks like I’m not alone. Britain’s bosses need to think hard about offering more flexible work opportunities in order to make the most of talented parents.”

Have you gained skills as a direct result of being a parent? Have you been able to use them in the workplace or are you pursuing your own projects because full-time employment isn’t flexible enough for your needs?