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Job sharing.

I was always made to feel guilty when I had to take sick leave to look after baby. Would be great if managers could agree that working from home could be a possibility. Job share is fantastic. I struck some resistance but worked hard to sell it. I was also very determined to make it work and the other person hired to do the other ½ of the job share is excellent. It is fantastic and working well. Temporary Work While on Leave In response to the question about interest in temporary work, opinions were evenly divided between those who would be interested in some work while on parental leave and those who were not interested. However, as experienced in the focus groups, the majority of those interested were general staff (twelve of the sixteen who were interested were general staff). Preferred temporary work included basic admin tasks such as data-entry, letter-folding, envelope-stuffing, (some emphasised ‘nothing stressful’), library work, marking and editorial work. Networking Meetings The outstanding majority, 84%, were interested in receiving invitations to occasional lunchtime meetings to meet other women who had returned from parental leave and in having updates on relevant policies and ‘family friendly’ information. Those who declined noted that they were interested but they would not have time to attend. One suggested that a newsletter be emailed to those who were unable to attend. Other Suggestions One participant suggested holding pre-parental leave courses with people who have returned to work as presenters and EEO staff who could talk about facilities available and issues to be aware of in returning to work. These could be held every six months to cater for staff who are pregnant and thinking about a family.

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a joint project by the University of Auckland and the Association of University Staff analysing women’s experiences returning to work after...

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