The dilemma of being unable to stay late for management meetings (and the awkwardness of having to say we need to leave to collect the kids); the frustration of having to leave our employees to struggle on without us to meet a deadline because we have to leave for a parents' evening; having to take time off during busy times because it's the school holiday...
all the time knowing that our chances of promotion / payrise are diminishing.
If you're like me, you then spend the rest of the time when you are at work, trying to make up for these 'failings'.
Don't get me wrong, lots of working Dads share these problems too (and who DOESN'T want the perfect work/life balance?) - and I can only really speak as a mum who has been in said situations, but how can the majority of mums ever hope to really fulfill their potential at work, as well as at home, when they have to 'compete' (pah!) with peers who don't have such commitments? A survey by Barclays of over 2,000 of their wealthiest clients has found that, while women in the workplace still face lower salaries in general than those enjoyed by male employees in a similar role, women entrepreneurs actually out-earn their male counterparts by more than 16%.
Volume 2 (A Question of Gender) in their 'Wealth Insights' series ( http://www.
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Of course, all the predicaments mentioned at the beginning of this article are virtually eradicated when you work for yourself - who has late afternoon/early evening meetings when they work for themself? Not me! I never have to explain myself when I decide to (or need to) take time off, I take full responsibility for meeting deadlines and organise my work accordingly.
And I certainly don't have to put in a proposal and justification for a pay rise! The Barclays report even recognises the probability that a women is more likely to start her own business for social reasons (e.
working around children or to achieve a lifelong ambition) rather than purely economical ones (to make as much money in as short a time as possible?) and that this may well contribute to their successes.