Employers are poor at promoting family-friendly policies, according to a survey of British mothers.Oh, let me guess…
Most rated the UK behind countries such as Spain, Italy and Greece for general family friendliness, campaigning group Mumsnet found.They're a 'campaigning group' now? *sigh*
More than four out of five said having children had made it harder to progress in their career, while three out of four said they were less employable.Well, yes. That’s hardly surprising, is it?
I wouldn’t want to employ a woman of childbearing age either, in the current climate.
Justine Roberts, chief executive of Mumsnet, said: 'Other countries seem to welcome families with open arms but in the UK parents often feel their children are seen as an annoyance.’Mostly, these days, they are an annoyance.
'At Mumsnet we want to work with business and government to change this, and that's what our Family Friendly campaign is all about.“‘We want’ doesn’t get..”, as I was always told.
'We want to see workplaces where parents don't have to deny that their kids exist. We want firms to state on the door that employees don't have to feel bad about asking to go to sports day.’
'Being family friendly is good for business too. Companies shouldn't spend time and money training staff only to see them walk out the door once they've had children because their workplaces don't fit with family life.'If it really was ‘good for business’, Justine, you wouldn’t need to hector and legislate, would you?
* Maybe it wasn't Skynet we were all supposed to fear..?