THIS is how new parents should be welcomed back to the workforce

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Photo: iStock 

Any working parent knows juggling the demands of children and employment can get extremely complicated - and this job-seeking mother is no different.

The woman got the dreaded call from her daughter's daycare just before she was about to leave to attend a job interview, and had to call the recruiter to cancel to in order to collect her sick child.

You'd expect that would be the end of the story, except this wasn't any recruiter - this was a woman by the name of Stacey Bollond, Recruitment Consultant at Kinetic Recruitment in New Zealand, and she wasn't about to let the candidate's opportunity slip away.

Stacey posted the story to LinkedIn, writing, "Today I get a phone call from my candidate 30 minutes before her interview, saying that daycare had called and she had to go pick up her little one and wasn't going to make the interview.

With a very flexible client, we rebooked her interview for an hour later and I drove out to the site to meet her. I am now with her little one watching Peppa Pig and singing toy story songs while my candidate aces her interview! 

Sometimes you have to step out of your ordinary duties, to help others. I now have a very thankful candidate and a happy client."

It has to be said Stacey not only kicked goals for working mums, but also for her own employer, leaving her client suitably impressed by thinking outside the traditional box.

The post has attracted more than 1,700 comments (mostly) of appreciation and has been liked nearly 44,000 times, proving that being a human in the often-brutal employment industry is an asset everyone can acknowledge.

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The huge divide between family commitments and work is an issue affecting many working parents, and it often falls to women to pick up the slack.

Rejecting or not pursuing career opportunities, taking lower-paid part-time jobs, and prioritising flexibility over pay are all familiar to mothers in the workforce.

Politician Tanya Plibersek, who is a mother of three and was backed by former PM Julia Gillard, said she would not be running for leader of the Labor Party in May, citing family responsibility.

"I cannot reconcile the important responsibilities I have to my family with the additional responsibilities of the Labor leadership," she said at the time.

Being a high-ranking member of parliament did not protect her from the realities many women face about their employment and family balance.

Then there are the good stories, like Stacey's. ABC Melbourne presenter Jamila Rizvi posted a picture to Instagram recently, of her four-year-old son being entertained by a colleague while she was on television

She wrote, "How workplaces should be: The lovely team at @newsbreakfast looking after my 4-year-old son in the newsroom, while I'm on telly."

Antonia Kidman responded in kind, "Yes. When will this be the norm?"

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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