For a stay-at-home mom contemplating a return to the work force, part-time work sounds ideal. It’s a chance to get back out there, mingle with adults, earn some money, and still be there for the kids.
But there are trade-offs, say the three founders of FlexForce Professionals, a flexible recruiting and staffing company serving the Washington Metropolitan area. Gwenn Rosener, Ellen Grealish, and Sheila Murphy were all stay-at-home moms who itched to get back into the work force but didn’t want the demands of full-time work. So they started their own company a little more than a year ago. They place skilled, experienced women in challenging part-time, or flexible, jobs.
But the three agree, there are trade-offs. You probably won’t get that “perfect” title, as you will likely have to enter a company at a lower level and prove yourself again. You can’t expect to make as much money as a part-timer. You may not get any benefits. And, you may end up using your skills only half the time and the other half doing admin work. But the big benefit — flexibility. And that, say the FlexForce founders, is what makes part-time desirable.
To hear more from Rosener, Grealish, and Murphy, listen to Back in Force on BlogTalkRadio from Wednesday, March 30th.