Considering flexible working? Come to the GCS Part Time Working event

Blog post by Nelly Lawrie

Wednesday 29 August 2018

Just over six years ago, I returned to work after a year of maternity leave with my baby boy. Like many other parents, I wanted to work but I also wanted to spend time with my son. So I started working part time and I’ve never looked back.

The GCS part time network has been running for over a year to help make GCS a better place to work part time. Our next event takes place on Thursday 13th September from 11am-1pm. At the time of writing, there were only a few spaces left so do register now if you’d like to attend. It’s great to see such a positive response to the event. You can also email Abigail.Jeffrey@beis.gov.uk for the link to watch via livestream.

I’ve worked four days a week for the last six years at DWP, DECC and BEIS in a range of comms roles. Now with three children and extra demands like homework and swimming lessons, I’ve started working three days in a job share, which gives me a better balance and gives BEIS the benefit of continuity and two brains on the job.

There is lots the network can do to celebrate what part time workers offer, such as incredible efficiency and juggling priorities. But also myths to bust, like not being able to work in certain roles or progress to senior positions, and only being made up of mums. There are practical questions too, such as how you make the transition from full time to part time working.

Join the discussion with our fantastic event panel. We are delighted to add Katie McSweeney from Mumsnet to our line-up:

  • Emily Tofield – Director of Communications & Information, MoJ
  • Louise Fulton – Head of Internal Communications, Immigration Enforcement, Home Office
  • Owen Brace – Director of Policy & Communications, ONS
  • Rachel Cooper – PPS to the Chief Executive of the Civil Service
  • Ali Donnelly – Deputy Spokesperson for the Prime Minister, No. 10
  • Katie McSweeney, Head of Work and Family Friendly, Mumsnet

We’ll also hear about the projects inspired from last year’s event, with time for networking to share experiences and tips at the end.

You can also join the GCS Part Time Network (email sara.vogt@justice.gov.uk) and the Civil Service Job-Sharers & Part-Time LinkedIn Group to link up with others who work part time or job share.

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