‘59% of part-time workers feel they have fallen behind full-time colleagues’

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Over half of part-time workers feel their skills and knowledge has fallen behind those of their full-time colleagues, according to a new survey.

The survey by Timewise of 1,700 part-time workers also found 61% feel less up-to-date with team developments, 65% feel less connected to their team due to missing out on social time and 59% feel they are missing out on networking opportunities and have lost connections.

Some 68% said they feel so grateful to be allowed to work part time that they accept career compromises. Timewise says employers need to start thinking differently about how to support part-time workers to benefit from their skills and experience.

Specific suggestions, made by the part-time workers in the survey include:

  • schedule team meetings, social events and client lunches on days when part-time workers are in (rotating the days of the week if needed, to give everyone a chance to attend)
  • try peer-to-peer networking opportunities for part-time workers
  • offer part-time workers access to training budgets and opportunities to upskill
  • introduce tactics to help teams connect more easily – eg catch-up Skype calls, a WhatsApp group
  • foster top down acceptance of the valuable contribution that part-time workers make to the business.


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