Returning to work after a career break

Returning to work after a career break

I’ve been privileged to be involved in creating EY Reconnect from its inception in 2015, and I continue to co-lead our current programme. My EY career journey started in 1996 and I spent 12 years in South Africa in a senior HR role. I left EY for seven years and returned four years ago into a talent and senior recruitment role for our EMEIA-wide Financial Services business, currently as an Associate Director.

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How to embrace flexible working

EY were among the pioneers of the ‘flexible working’ concept – identifying that in order to get the best from your workforce you need to give, as well as take. We saw that working flexibly meant different things to different people – it was more than just the traditional idea of reduced hours for working mums.

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Are two jobs better than one?

Working flexibly gives variety to a working week and it means you can fulfil two passions. And, with employers and employees both waking up to the advantages, it’s a trend on the rise, says Louisa Pritchard

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Top tips on working flexibly

Louise Ball, Tax Recruitment Manager, works flexibly in her own role and provides her advice on how you can make it work.

Allowing Zishan the flexibility to be there for his family

Allowing Zishan the flexibility to be there for his family

Zishan knows that being a single dad requires a level of flexibility, and he’s thankful his team has given that to him.

Balancing Gulenn's parental responsibilities with flexibility

How Gulenn uses flexibility to balance parental responsibilities

Gulenn has a 13-year-old daughter and, while nursery runs are a thing of the past, there always seems to be an event to attend.

Managing Parkinson's with a part-time arrangement

Managing Parkinson's with a part-time arrangement

Jodie has early-onset Parkinson’s disease and works from home one day a week. He’s also had a temporary reduced hours arrangement.

Home working and dog training: how Rebekah makes it work

Home working and dog training: how Rebekah makes it work

Rebekah has been volunteering with SARDA (Search & Rescue Dog Association) for around two years. Keen to get more involved, she and her husband got Blake – a Labrador-German Shepherd cross.

Flexible working: how Jessica makes it work

How Jessica uses her annualised contract to travel the world

Jessica has trekked the Sumatran jungle, backpacked through Asia and climbed Kilimanjaro, all while steadily developing her career.

How Lee makes it work: extra holidays through flex

How Lee makes it work: extra holidays through flex

One of the flexible working solutions available to EY employees is to have a reduced- hours contract, work full-time and store up extra holiday. As Lee explains, it’s not just for parents.

Returning from maternity leave with a flexible working arrangement

Returning from maternity leave with a flexible working arrangement

Kiran’s main fear when returning to work after maternity leave was having to travel for client projects and going days without seeing her son.

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Flexible working at EY: Caitlin Hartley

Caitlin Hartley is an Assistant Director in Indirect Tax and she has a formal home-working arrangement. She tells us below how she makes it work.

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Louisa's story

“EY is a big firm with big clients, but gives you all the support you need to make the transition as easy as possible.”

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How to find a gender bilingual employer

Looking for a great employer for your next career phase? The one that lets you meet both your professional ambitions and your personal priorities? Most companies are vying to be great places to work, but how do you cut through the politically correct (or awesomely hip) speak to spy the soul of the organization you will devote your next few years to?

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EY's Flexible Working Culture

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The Future is Flexible