Monday, July 6, 2009

Reposting a US News blog about part-time work

Good post here on people who are making strides in finding and creating professional part-time work: http://www.usnews.com/blogs/alpha-consumer/2009/06/25/the-challenges-and-rewards-of-part-time-work.html.

The article has some uplifting examples of people not only keeping a hand in it, as I like to say I do, but actually getting promoted while working part-time. My favorite line in the story is this one: "Being part-time does not conflict with being an excellent performer capable of career growth." (from Susan Gordon, the director of career development at the American University, Washington, D.C.)

Love this quote. I've been saying this for a long time, and I think that moms bring an efficiency and a perspective to work that non-parents might not.

I was thrilled to see this article after a week away from the office and on the first day of my new "summer hours" (five days a week, ending at 3 p.m.). And while I'd love to read more about employers embracing part-time workers and jobshares--and I'd especially like to see more men using this option--I'll take any press I can get on it. The more press these flexible work options get, the more mainstream they will become. That will truly be progress.