Study Reveals Falling Confidence for Many Mums
A study of the daily routines of 2000 mums carried out by the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) has revealed alarming results.
80% of those mums questioned have said that the majority of their week is on autopilot, conducting the same chores in exactly the same order in repetitious detail. These are often done without any adult contact as the study shows that 45% sometimes go whole weekdays without talking to another adult. The study also reveals reliance on social networking sites to break up the monotony.
Three quarters of mums are not stimulated mentally by their day-to-day routine, while two thirds often find their roles tedious.
The worrying aspect about this report is that 40% of those mums polled feel that their confidence is diminishing both socially and professionally by having to carry out such an isolating routine. Many (57%) feel that they no longer have the confidence or feel they have the ability to return to the industry and work at the same level they did before having their children.
At approximately 12 months out of the working world. the average mum feels her confidence slip noticeably away. 40% of those questioned said that they had not attempted to go back to a similar job as they felt that they would have difficulty in re-establishing themselves in their chosen profession. Lack of flexibility is still seen as a huge barrier to rejoining the career ladder.
For those who have been unable to re-establish themselves in the working world 25% of those questioned were envious of friends and former colleagues who have managed to climb the career ladder.
The survey also revealed that it is not much better for working mums with nearly half of them feeling their job was a little beneath them and failing to develop them
Jane Scott Paul, Chief Executive of AAT, which carried out the research, said:
“It’s only natural that as our families grow our daily routines and priorities change but this doesn’t necessarily mean that one’s career should be negatively affected or sacrificed.
“Employers are missing out on the skills, expertise and knowledge that these women can bring to businesses across the economy.
“With Nick Clegg announcing the need for shared parenting responsibilities, it’s evident that most women take sole responsibility for raising their families ultimately giving up work. While some mums may make this choice, we need to ensure those who want to return to the workforce can do so with confidence.”
Jane Scott Paul continued:
“Many employers invest time and resources into training women, only to lose their expertise when they choose, for one reason or another, not to return to the workforce.
“It’s high time that women not only feel confident when returning to work, but appreciated and highly valued.
“By offering attractive and flexible work packages, these women can be encouraged back into work bringing their skills, knowledge and experience with them.”
Get the kids up – 7.15am
Take kids to school – 8.05am
(Those employed) Start work- 9.55am
Laundry/ washing finished – 2.45pm
Other household chores finished -3.37pm
Pick up children – 3.43pm
(Those employed) finish work – 4pm
Make the children’s tea – 5.05pm
Get kids to bed – 7.37pm
(Source: AAT Survey)
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