Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Fi Bendall from Bendalls Group talks to CareerMums about balancing work and family

Meet Fi Bendall - a gorgeous and inspiring woman who has built a successful business while raising children. Fi has a digital strategy business - find out more: www.bendalls.com.au

What do you do?
I own a small business consultancy specialising in digital transformation services.

How old are your children?
20, 18, 9

What do you love about your job?
I am passionate about it. I love helping businesses embrace the brave new world of technology, and the benefit it can deliver to people, employees as well as customers

Did you always have the intention of progressing your career after having your children?

It takes a village to raise a family. Who helps you to manage work and family?
Husband, and Nanny / Cleaner

When you come home each day, are you good at switching off from work?

Every parent should have a selfish pursuit or ‘not-negotiable’ that provides them with an opportunity to relax and re-charge their batteries every week. What is your ‘not-negotiable’?
Yes, but not every week! Mine is to go away with my husband every quarter

Have there been some difficult moments in your career with young children? What were they?
  • Pregnant wile working
  • Kids sick and cancelling work days
  • Children completely screaming and disturbing me at work (they weren't so young - try working from home with teenagers)
What advice would you give to parents who are about to return to work and resume their careers?
Do it. It's not about money, it's about being a person beyond the household.

What support measures should employers be offering to working parents?
Everything - childcare incentives, flexible hours, working from home.

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