Actually no, it really isn’t and it’s something that we often challenge businesses with when we talk to them about the wonderful benefits of flexible working.
We talked to Jackie C Whittingham, Special Projects Senior Manager at Grant Thornton UK LLP who gave us an insight into what life is really like for those seeking flexibility within the company (and you guessed it, it isn’t just Mums making this work for them).
“Myth: Flexible working hours are just for mums
Truth: At Grant Thornton we have embraced flexible working wherever possible, and we have a happier, more loyal workforce as a result. Yes, I’m a mum who works four days a week so I can spend more time with my pre-schooler, but that’s not the only reason our people can apply to work outside of our standard work patterns. To give you a couple of examples, one of my colleagues has changed her hours to start early and leave early so her prized pooches get their daily walks in the daylight. Another has been approved to have a later working pattern because he is really not an early bird. One of our recent joiners is very flexible – she has two afternoons off a week so she can combine her career at Grant Thornton with being a yoga teacher! And in our Special Projects team we have accountants employed in the “traditional” way, and also a community of contractors who work with us on a project by project basis, picking and choosing when to work with us, and fitting it in around other interim work, home renovations, taking time off over school holidays and travelling the world!”
Who says Finance roles can’t be flexible!