If you’re like me, back from summer vacation, the grim reality is approaching like estimated taxes: It’s time to be a productive member of society again. Debbie Downer Soundbyte
But just HOW productive? That is the question I’m grappling with today…and, kind of like everyday. I remember getting a survey for Harvard Business School Alumnae years ago. It asked if I worked part time, or full time. This study became the basis for the media flurry of “opting out” articles and TV segments. I thought, “You’re missing the point. I work part-time, and make more than I used to make working full-time.” Yet, the decision to be home more seems to relegate me into this land of the “professional coma.” I find my own flexibility confusing sometimes. One day is go go go professionally. The next day is subsumed by kid stuff, and the little voice says:
“Oh, remember all those hopes and dreams and cool goals? Yeah, just stick those in the ’70s style trash compactor and be happy about it, little lady.” (Dot-dot-smiley-face).
- In this Women’s Business Fact Sheet, we learn an interesting fact: More women prefer to work part-time versus men. This one sentence, alone, could fuel some excellent cocktail chatter.
- Newsweek reports that one in five Americans works non-standard hours.
More people have to deal with part and flex-time:
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So, how do these factoids apply to our real lives? Here’s a quasi-interesting tale. On vacation at the beach, my husband and I took a walk and talked about plans for the fall. Okay, that’s a lie. We sat at our computers and opened Outlook and were scheduling like total nerds and sending each other appointments. He (Josh) has a lot of commitments because he is chapter president of EO (Entrepreneur’s Organization – formerly YEO). I shared an observation with him: That, recently, he has been on the “EO Crack” big time. He has a killer board, is all revved up, and can’t seem to “put it down” if you know what I mean.
I empathize. This was me at a certain point in time. Now, I work part-time which I started doing when I had my second kid. I am deciding if I feel evolved, or lame. Am I on a weird kind of “professional-drive-prozac”…in some metaphorical institution for part-time workers, wandering around with bed-head and a weird gender-neutral gown that ties in back? A tech-guy at x4243 and a fancy lunch would be the professional equivalent of a mani-pedi right now.
Do I want the professional-crack back? To be continued…. Former professional “career crack addicts” – where is this going?
Here is someone running for Senate with a platform of a policy-oriented Part Time Workers Bill of Rights
Read REAL Bill of Rights here.
From BPW Foundation: Women: Like Men, Only Cheaper