I know that changes in attitudes to part time and flexible working would have allowed me to progress in my career

Prior to having my child I was always treated very well at work and given opportunities for development and was asked to apply for promotions. After having my child I was pressured to return to work. I explained that I was only just weaning my child and I needed a few more weeks. There was no understanding of this dilemma. Lots of similar things have happened and for a long time after my child was born I was given no opportunities for development. There is a pervasive attitude where I work that the majority of jobs can’t be performed on a part time basis and the minimum they reduce hours to is 30 hours per week. I am now stuck because the only way I can move on is to increase my hours but my child has a disability and I need to be around for her exercises and practice. I know that changes in attitudes to part time and flexible working would have allowed me to progress in my career. I am a highly qualified and experienced professional and I know I am an asset to the service. I work in the Health service, I am really hard working and I do not expect services to be compromised for the benefit of staff but equally I am shocked that staff are expected to sacrifice the welfare of their children for work. I see lots of staff that have bowed to the pressures of working full-time as a parent.

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