List emphasises effectiveness of part-time working

Workers are being encouraged to consider part-time working, after the publication of a new document confirms how effective reduced hours employment can be.

The Timewise Foundation’s 2013 Power Part Time List reveals the UK’s most successful part-timers, challenging the misconception that working a (for example) 20-hour week is only for home-makers and those in junior roles, hrgrapevine.com reports.

The information contained in the list might serve to inspire those that are itching to get back into the workplace but are unable to commit to full-time employment, or encourage those that want to drop a few hours and achieve a work-life balance, to do so.

Fifty individuals made the list, forming a group which the foundation called ‘the face of modern work’. They include Kate Bamford, a partner at global services firm, EY; Sue Clayton, an executive director at real estate advisor CBRE and Dana Denis-Smith, chief executive of legal services provider, Obelisk, ft.com writes.

What’s more, those that work part-time claim they do a far better job than their full-time peers. Pret a Manager director of people, Andrea Wareham – who also made the list – explained how reduced hours made her effective: “Clear thinking and the ability to see the bigger picture are crucial at strategic level.

“I find my working pattern gives me the space I need to achieve that. Part-time can help you to develop better leadership skills, too – as you delegate more, your team will grow to meet their new responsibilities.”

by Elizabeth Smythe on December 9, 2013

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