Bonnie Clarke.

Director for Scotland, Badenoch & Clark

Bonnie Clarke

Bonnie has been working in recruitment for over 17 years and is passionate about personal and team development.

Bonnie has been responsible for a diverse range of business sectors and has specialised in HR, Executive Search and Senior Interim roles within the Public Sector and Banking and Finance within Scotland. Bonnie also has experience of running her own business.

Bonnie is on the board of Women’s Enterprise Scotland (WES) is Chair of the charity Women onto Work (WOW) and a Trustee for Changing the Chemistry.

How did you become interested in family friendly working?

I remember a colleague talking to me about having to stop work as she couldn’t find a role that worked around her children and I was stunned that such a talented and motivated individual was not able to use her talents and skills. I just couldn’t see how this was a good thing, as she really wanted to work and the business world was missing out on a committed, talented employee. For over 18 years I have seen the benefit of flexible working policies in organisations. As a society we are stuck in an old pattern of thinking and need to wake up to the possibilities that can open up, if we embrace diverse ways of thinking around working routines, which can ultimately enrich our personal lives and make businesses even better. I do wonder if we are entering into a period of great and positive disruptive thinking that could redefine our social norms and working life expectations. I am excited and looking forward to what the future could look like.

How does family friendly working and flexibility benefit employers?

I have found that I get incredible, committed and talented employees who work in a focused, dedicated manner during the times they are in the office. They often seem even more focused on getting their tasks completed as they are time bound and possibly less likely to get distracted or diverted. I also find incredible loyalty and commitment back from these employees. I just know that it helps give me the pick of great talent and this also gives me a competitive advantage.

Also there is a good argument about having a reduction in per head salary costs can’t be forgotten too.

What does good work-life balance look like?

Having time to do the things that help you be the best person you can be. Whether it is being at home with your kids or spending time caring for your spouse, or even as one of our team does, spend time with her horses, as she is training to be an International Show Jumper. I am very open minded and really want my team to do whatever it is that gives them nourishment and a chance to rebalance, ready to be productive at work.

What three words best describe you?

Loyal, positive, tenacious.

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