Presenteeism: Why Are We Still Rewarding Presence In The Office?

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My friend was not impressed. A 5pm conference call that was scheduled to last two hours. So instead of using his office phone, he dialled in on his mobile. At 6, he left work, still on the call. He walked to the train station, took the train home, got tea organised for his kids, and ...

Reasons to drink pretend champagne

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I wasn't going to write anything about this week, but I'm sitting here drinking champagne (the not-champagne type), and that seems like a reason to write it down (or maybe it's the bubbles talking) As work-life balance goes, this week has been rather one-sided. Work has been busy and difficult. The life side of life, on ...

Full Circle

Babysitters Club book: Photo, office mum

Babysitting. Something about which I have vivid memories; a teenage part-time-job. And now it's come full circle, as what seems like five minutes later, I'm all grown-up and paying a teenager to mind my kids. Having had three childminders (counting the runaway one) and about forty different creche minders (high turnover), I didn't expect that leaving the kids ...

Office Mum stories – Tracy Gunn

Office Mum: Tracy Gunn Mumager photo

“Recently I was asked how I can say ‘no’ to work (which as a freelancer can be scary). My mantra is ‘every time I say yes to doing additional work, it means I’m saying no to being with the boys’. It makes the decision much easier” Originally from Scotland, Tracy moved to Ireland six years ago ...

Are women less competitive than men, and what should we teach our children?

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Browsing through jobs on offer in Facebook's Dublin office, I stopped on one that looked interesting. Then seeing "law degree desirable" within the list of requirements, I clicked back out. I don't have a law degree. Immediately I was reminded of something that I'd heard on the Moncrieff Show on Newstalk some time ago - author Ashley Merryman said that women who have most ...

Office Mum Stories – Aisling Lyons

Office Mum interview: Aisling Lyons

“There were mothers I met along the way that quite candidly said on a Monday morning 'Thank God the weekend is over, I can't wait to get back to work' and there were others who lived for the weekends ­ neither is right or wrong” This week I meet Aisling Lyons, a mother of three, living ...

Sun through clouds

Poolbeg chimneys Office Mum post

Driving along the coast road, the September sun is filtering through the white sky. Mixed weather is what the forecasters call it. Silence from the back; a Saturday football roundup on the radio. Tired after running all day, three small faces are watching but not watching. The sea stretches out beside us and the red and ...

Office Mum Stories – Dearbhalla Baviera

Office Mum interview: Dearbhalla Baviera

“Two of the main things that keep people in a situation where they are less than happy are lack of confidence and that fear of change that holds many people back” This week I talk to Dearbhalla Baviera, a mum of four, who has transitioned from a full-time role as a management consultant to setting up ...