Working mums crave an improved work-life balance

Having a good balance between work and social life is important for many working mums, new research shows.

A survey by Swedish clothing company me&i reveals more than half of working mums would take a pay cut for a job which offered them an improved work-life balance.

This suggests that even in these difficult economic times, it's not all about the money when it comes to work.

Trying to juggle family with work can be extremely difficult at times, with 54% of mums who work in an office admitting they get stressed out dealing with family emergencies, such as a child's illness.

A further 19% become anxious when having to leave the office early to do the school run, while 17% feel pressure when meetings overrun.

There are still many mums out there whose working situation since having children has changed very little and who feel the idea of work-life balance is just a myth.

However, an increasing number are beginning to carve out an alternative career for themselves when returning to work.

For instance, 64% of the 1,500 working mums polled, have taken positive steps to improve their work-life balance since having children.

Part time working and working from home are the preferred solutions, while setting up their own businesses, going freelance or working for companies which have a more 'mum-friendly' business model are also popular.

"The truth is that working mums are in a better position than they have ever been to achieve the balance they crave," said Pernilla Kemp, head of UK sales for me&i.

"In the current economic climate, businesses are increasingly looking to find ways to cut costs, making them more open to discussions around alternative ways of working.

"If that fails, there are always businesses out there, such as me&i, who are interested in what working mums have to offer and who have created a flexible business model specifically designed to appeal to this highly desirable, and often undervalued, workforce."

Copyright Press Association 2013