The Lost Workforce of the West



It seems so many people have had the same time-line. Work for years, lay all the paving slabs on the career path, then put it all on hold when the patter of tiny feet come along. Every year in the West, there are millions of births, and so many of them lead to a major depletion in the workforce.

 While many mums and dads return to gainful employment soon afterwards, there are many thousands that simply don’t. Those that decide to stay at home, not wanting to miss out on the formative years of their children’s lives, are part of a huge, and generally untapped, source of skills, experience and ideas.

The prospect of missing out on the golden moments that come with parenthood makes a return to work a difficult thing to face. But there is an alternative now. Many companies will be desperate to find the right kind of qualified staff, and many will have already seen the advantages of using people working from home or on a flexible basis.

The flexibility and convenience for home workers is an extremely attractive proposition. Imagine being able to walk the children to school, enjoying the companionship and fun that goes with it, then being able to go home, put the coffee on and get started. In these fast-paced days there is much to be said for the quality of such a working life.

The thousands of potential employees that are sitting at home are a great seam of talent just waiting to be mined. From lawyers to data processors, engineers to salesman, writers to social workers, the list is almost endless. From the legal secretary looking for the odd task; to the journalist ready to commit to a full week’s work from home, the possibilities are rich and varied.

Many employers would benefit greatly from this system. Thanks to the internet, work can be instantly sent and instantly received. Sending a document to someone’s home takes the same amount of time as sending one to someone’s office. There are lower employment costs if some of those employees aren’t on the company’s premises.

There are many agencies out there that offer the ‘opportunity’ to work from home, but having qualified accountants selling cosmetics makes no sense when they could be doing accountancy work. It’s time for those that want to be at-home parents to be given the opportunity to do the work that befits their qualifications, experience and expertise.

To help make this happen, is a specialist job board and association connecting parent professionals with flexible employers. It feature full time, part time, casual, job share, temp/contract, freelance and work at home jobs, along with home based business and self employment opportunities. It launches in the Autumn and pre-launch trial memberships are now being offered via their blog for parents looking for flexible work and businesses looking to employ reliable and experienced staff. If you are looking for flexible work, why not give a try?

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