As a working mum, I need to be getting a lot of job satisfaction for being willing to be away from my child from 7.30am – 5.30pm Monday to Friday.
So what happens when that job satisfaction stops? Is it time to look at new things?
The difficulty for a lot of working mums is finding a balance. Once you find it and are comfortable in your job role, thinking about change can be stressful.
I have been in my job for 7 years. It has changed 3 times in total, but the overall job has stayed relatively the same.
Having been there for that amount of time, I have a lot of autonomy in the role. I also have a laptop meaning I can work from home if required. My manager trusts that I will do this, and knows I put in the extra hours if required.
Being in a place of work for that amount of time also means that if I have to make a dash to pick little man up if he is ill, I have the flexibility to do so.
I don’t have to worry about taking holiday. I will work when little man sleeps, or when he is in bed to make sure I have caught up with work, and keep on top of everything.
This is one of the main factors that put me off looking for another role. I would have to work hard and show I could be trusted before taking such liberties. I would have to earn the flexibility and autonomy that this job offers me already.
It is such a difficult issue to think about – one that is on my mind a lot.
I also thought about going down to 4 days a week. Unfortunately during the summer, this just would not be possible. I would probably find myself working from home on my day off to keep up to date, but not being paid for it.
This might be something that I re approach in September should our family finances allow it.
So as I try and find the job satisfaction from my current role to keep me going, I would love to hear your views on finding a balance of work and life.
Do you have job satisfaction? Did you take the plunge and move from a flexible job because you were not happy?
Busy Working Mummy XOXO
*post first seen on meetothermums.com