Women and Work Life Balance – The Key to Success

shutterstock_362157116A recent survey by North West Insider on Women in Business provided some interesting results that show the workplace is changing – or is it the attitudes of individuals too? The survey was focused towards women but both genders could respond.

  • 58% of women said that their work-life balance is good or excellent which compares to 37% of men.
  • 42% of boards were made up of less than a quarter of women
  • Both men and women cited job satisfaction, financial reward and a good work-life balance as measures of career success.

PM+M has just been named as one of the Top 10 employers by Accountancy Age and I’ve been interested in how all these KPIs and responses tie in.

25% of our partner group is female and we are led by our Managing Partner, Jane Parry.  I don’t perceive we have an imbalance with only 25% being female.  We certainly have a significant proportion of our management team and rising stars who are female so succession shouldn’t be an issue.

For me on a personal level, the key priority, from my fellow partners and colleagues of all levels, is the trust aspect.  It’s how I feel – it’s the trust I believe they have in me to do my job to the best of my ability whilst I also get the most out of my life with my young daughter, running a home and having time for me.  I know this sounds idealistic but, in general, I do seem to get the balance.  It takes some self-discipline, it takes the confidence to say no and it also takes me to finally believe that perfection is just not possible.  I’ll give it a damn good try though!

The key strengths here at PM+M, which were confirmed in the Accountancy Age survey, include strong and varied communication channels, providing routes for employees of all grades to contribute to change, mutual trust and individuals really understanding their roles and contributions and how this impacts on the firm, their colleagues and clients.  There are so many reasons why and where people find job satisfaction and so there is no one answer to it.  Increasingly, it is down to engaging everyone who wants to be in the intricacies of the business (you’ll never get everyone engaged in every aspect but you need to make it as accessible for as many as possible of all ages and levels of responsibility).  Who says the older more experienced have the best ideas and who says the best ideas are the biggest and most radical?

Helen Clayton – Partner + Head of Corporate Services