Online Resources for Working Women who Juggle Family, Career and Home

Written by Cheryl Rickman

Working mothers work longer hours Approximately 47% ofrepparttar UK workforce is now made up of women, with 12 million employed, according torepparttar 131112 Labour Force Survey fromrepparttar 131113 Office of National Statistics. Andrepparttar 131114 employment figure is rising by approximately 20,000 every two months. 41% of these women are working mothers with dependant children (4.9 million), and it is these women that increasingly have to juggle work and home, career and family.

According to a recent government-backed research programme intorepparttar 131115 future of work, working mums work longer hours than they did ten years ago; on average an additional 2.5 hours a week are spent working compared torepparttar 131116 early 1990s. These findings have caused Shirley Conran, author of Superwoman, to advise women to go on a baby strike and stop having children for ten years because there’s not enough support for mothers.

Fortunately, women needn’t take such evasive action as there are plenty of resources onrepparttar 131117 Net that can help working mothers and female entrepreneurs to maximise their time, findrepparttar 131118 perfect childcare solution, get help from virtual assistants and business/web advice.

Here are a pick of some ofrepparttar 131119 best resources online for working women today.

TIME MANAGEMENT / WORK-LIFE BALANCE The leader in work-life balance training. This site sellsrepparttar 131120 ‘Juggling Woman’ series of booklets: ‘107 winning ideas on returning to work and ‘99 helpful hints in understanding teenagers’. How to manage your time effectively article How to manage your time effectively article imemgmt.htm Time management tips and time log ime.html Time management tips An service that enables you to get help from specific experts. Jackie Hale isrepparttar 131121 Time Management expert. How to getrepparttar 131122 most from your time Time management seminars Demonstrates how work-life policies can be introduced on a practical basis. Work-life balance booklet from Healthworks. Has some useful articles on juggling work and life. Flexible recruitment consultants who support work-life balance Free book provided by DTI. Articles on work-life balance and resources for mums.

OUTSOURCING AND VIRTUAL ASSISTANTS Business services outsourcing marketplace Professional services marketplace Freelance database Provides administration and support services to businesses and individuals. International Virtual Assistants Association V-sec secretarial services Virtual assistance UK The Virtual Assistant Virtual Assistant Community Virtual Assistant/Office Professionals Virtual Assistants Australian Virtual Assistants Virtual Assistance Executive virtual assistance. Help available to cushionrepparttar 131123 impact

BUSINESS AND INTERNET RELATED ADVICE New government initiative with useful information relating to business and e-commerce Better Business magazine online Does exactly what it says onrepparttar 131124 tin :) Includes internet statistics, outsourcing and more Lobbying body for SMEs Factsheets for SMEs, including tax self assessment and other information. Inland Revenue Self Assessment Free guides and worksheets The Sunday Times Enterprise Network Online business development directory and more In-depth site appraisals and personalised web promotion plans and press releases, to save you time and optimise web performance. Online marketing resource centre

The Nice People's Guide to Business Politics

Written by Lisa Lake

I re-enteredrepparttar workforce after years of being a stay at home mom. I knew that I was good at what I did, but when I first started back in business it seemed that nothing I did was good enough. I felt I was lost at sea. It seemed that people were mad at me for no reason, or people didn't likerepparttar 131109 things I had to say. My work was good, but not fast enough, and on and on. Sometimes I would leaverepparttar 131110 office so stressed out that when I got home I couldn't be cheery with my husband and kids.

I was determined to get out of my rut so I started analyzing what was going on. I knew I did a good job, and that I was a pleasant enough person. It had to be something else. I asked my husband what he thought, and he brought up office politics. He said that, in a lot of businesses, your social skills and behavior have as much or more influence as your actual job performance on how you were treated. He told me to open my eyes and ears and to start noticing what was going on around me and to try to adapt.

The first thing I did was listen torepparttar 131111 morning conversations inrepparttar 131112 break room. I was usually pretty chatty withrepparttar 131113 friendlier people, but I decided to keep it down for a few days. What were people talking about? It seemed that people were talking about business issues and current events. I guess I'd forgotten that everyone didn't have kids, and that soccer and scouts weren't popular office topics.

I made a commitment to myself to readrepparttar 131114 morning paper onrepparttar 131115 bus, instead ofrepparttar 131116 latest romance novel, at least 3 days a week, and to make an input inrepparttar 131117 more serious office conversations. Of course I'd still talk about my kids withrepparttar 131118 ladies I'd become friendly with, but on our own time. The guys inrepparttar 131119 office really started responding. They even ask me my opinion on issues now.

Next I decided to figure out why my boss, who was seemingly so friendly, would sometimes complain about me behind my back. I really started listening to what she was asking for, and I realized that she was a little vague sometimes, and therefore maybe I wasn't always understanding what she wanted.

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