Case study: Julie Sabba.
Julie Sabba, 38, works part-time as an Associate Solicitor for Lindsays in Glasgow. She works three days a week, whilst husband Rudy works full-time. Julie and Rudy take it in turns to put Hannah, 8 and Joshua, 5 on the school bus at 8.30 and then set off for work.
Julie made a flexible working request when she discovered she was expecting her first child, Hannah. Her new working pattern was confirmed whilst she was on maternity leave and she returned, after 10 months of maternity leave, to her new hours. She feels that her working pattern comes quite close to achieving a good work/life balance.
By working 2 consecutive days within the working week, Lindsays feels gives it gives the best service to clients, as it provides continuity and allows Julie to bridge her days off more easily, whilst also allowing her to spend time with her children. Julie and Rudy have the help of both sets of grandparents on two of the days that Julie works, meeting the children after school, before she collects them at 6pm. An after-school club is used on a Tuesday and, because Lindsays operates flexible hours within the working day, Julie can occasionally leave early and pick the children up at about 5.15pm.
She said: “I like the mix of work and family time – I think I am a better mum because I have an identity and a purpose outwith the family unit but I also think that my first-hand experience of flexible working helps inform the advice that I give to clients on these issues and more generally. I think it enriches both areas.
“I am fortunate to work with a supportive and professional team, alongside a number of colleagues across the Firm who also work flexibly – flexible working is becoming more normal. I also know that if my circumstances changed my boss would be flexible in re-visiting my working pattern to accommodate that.”