Businesses ignoring talented Parents
A new survey for Family Friendly Working
shows that talented parents are leaving the world of employment.
Britain’s bosses are missing out on
skilled employees due to a combination of the lack of flexible hours and the cost of childcare. And
the parents who are leaving are continuing to develop their skills too both with the family, by retraining, and in their own businesses.
Unsurprisingly the top talents developed by parents are Multitasking (68.4 percent) and Time Management (65.3 percent). But more than half (55.3
percent) of the parents who responded to the survey have developed Promotion and
Marketing Skills and almost as many (45.3 percent) have developed better Communication Skills. Mums and Dads are getting better at managing money too, with nearly
four in 10 (39.2 percent) saying that they have developed their Financial
Management Skills after leaving work. A similar number (37.6 percent) have
improved Project Planning Skills since quitting employment. Parents’ people
skills are getting a great workout too. Three in 10 (30.7 percent) parents
claim to have developed better Conflict Management Skills, and one in five (20
percent) have better Team Management Skills since leaving employment.
Director of Family Friendly Working Antonia Chitty says, “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.” Parents completing the survey have
commented on their post-employment
experiences: “I have learnt a lot since then!
More importantly I have learnt a lot about myself, maintaining a positive
mental attitude, social networking, enterprise and more.”
4 January 2010