Press: My new article for HR Magazine

Compressed work weeks

I was recently commissioned to write an article for HR Magazine on why compressed work weeks are beneficial to both the employee and the business. This is a topic close to my heart – I have seen many clients face tough negotiations to have their compressed work week requests accepted by their employers, with many businesses struggling to see how these type of flexible working practises can be beneficial to not only the individual but the company as a whole.

It felt like a pertinent time to be writing this feature, with news of the four-day work week trial starting in the UK – I took the opportunity to outline my thoughts on this, and why compressed work weeks can be a good option for those seeking a flexible work solution. See an extract below:

“I personally believe that it will take quite a while for four-day work weeks scheme to be adopted and there are a lot of factors to work through. As an alternative, there are many benefits to different types of flexible working arrangements, both businesses and employees, including compressed work weeks and job-shares. 

Compressed work weeks have seen a sharp rise in popularity globally, allowing employees to do their weekly contractual hours in a flexible way. While there are various different ways to structure a compressed week, the most popular is compressing five days of hours into four (such as, taking off a Friday, and working an extra couple of hours daily from Monday to Thursday).

Graham Joyce, founder of the flexible working platform DuoMe, notes that compressed work weeks are fast becoming more commonplace: “Compressed hours have been around for a long time, but tended to be available in positions with more strict hours. This appears to be changing with key employers, like the UK government, offering compressed hours as a working pattern that can even be searched for across their advertised jobs.”

Read the article in full here

For more advice on flexible working, see my Instagram account where I share daily guidance, tips and inspiration.

We can now request flexible working from day 1 in the job including working hours and from where you work in the UK. What flexible working arrangements have you applied for, or are planning to apply for? Are you working flexibly already? Share your experiences in the comments ⬇️
Ps I’ve done compressed hours in two different companies and helped lots of women across different industries to negotiate it. If you have any questions about doing it, pop it in the chat or DM me. Olivia x
#flexibleworking #flexappeal #jobsharing #compressedhours #worklifebalanced #worklikeawoman #workworkworkworkwork #workingmum #workingmama

We can now request flexible working from day 1 in the job including working hours and from where you work in the UK. What flexible working arrangements have you applied for, or are planning to apply for? Are you working flexibly already? Share your experiences in the comments ⬇️

Ps I’ve done compressed hours in two different companies and helped lots of women across different industries to negotiate it. If you have any questions about doing it, pop it in the chat or DM me. Olivia x

#flexibleworking #flexappeal #jobsharing #compressedhours #worklifebalanced #worklikeawoman #workworkworkworkwork #workingmum #workingmama

Over 70% of people experience Imposter Syndrome so if you’re managing a team, it’s likely one or more of them are experiencing this phenomenon. If you’d like to understand more, then I hope this video helps and watch to the end for tips and how I can support you. 
Do you have team members struggling with this? For noting, the external environment we are in such as a competitive or gendered culture can greatly exacerbate our Imposter feelings.

Over 70% of people experience Imposter Syndrome so if you’re managing a team, it’s likely one or more of them are experiencing this phenomenon. If you’d like to understand more, then I hope this video helps and watch to the end for tips and how I can support you.

Do you have team members struggling with this? For noting, the external environment we are in such as a competitive or gendered culture can greatly exacerbate our Imposter feelings.

It can be hard making the change from full time to part time, compressed or staggered hours (or other types of flexible working). So here’s some quick tips on protecting your non-work day or hours. It’s important we set our boundaries and set expectations for both you and your employer, as well as your colleagues who may also work flexibly. If you start to check and reply to Teams messages on your day off, then should your colleague too? 
Tag a friend or colleague below who may find this helpful. Or add what works for you below. Olivia x 
#flexibleworking #flexappeal #flexiblework #returntowork #returntoworkmums #careertips #careercoach #worktips

It can be hard making the change from full time to part time, compressed or staggered hours (or other types of flexible working). So here’s some quick tips on protecting your non-work day or hours. It’s important we set our boundaries and set expectations for both you and your employer, as well as your colleagues who may also work flexibly. If you start to check and reply to Teams messages on your day off, then should your colleague too?

Tag a friend or colleague below who may find this helpful. Or add what works for you below. Olivia x

#flexibleworking #flexappeal #flexiblework #returntowork #returntoworkmums #careertips #careercoach #worktips

The words I needed to hear this week, three weeks away from maternity leave…I hope these bring you some comfort too x

The words I needed to hear this week, three weeks away from maternity leave…I hope these bring you some comfort too x

Creating a new dialogue with your Imposter can be so helpful. You can say things like:
- Thanks for that, I used to lack confidence in myself, but now I believe in myself…
- I know I can do this and I’m learning and growing everyday…
- I’m grateful for this opportunity and I’m going to make sure I balance my time, energy and not work myself into the ground to prove my worth…
There are so many self-affirming and confidence-boosting things you can say to yourself to create a new narrative in your mind. 
What do you say that’s helpful in these moments where your Imposter shows up? I’d love to hear. Olivia x

Creating a new dialogue with your Imposter can be so helpful. You can say things like:
– Thanks for that, I used to lack confidence in myself, but now I believe in myself…
– I know I can do this and I’m learning and growing everyday…
– I’m grateful for this opportunity and I’m going to make sure I balance my time, energy and not work myself into the ground to prove my worth…

There are so many self-affirming and confidence-boosting things you can say to yourself to create a new narrative in your mind.

What do you say that’s helpful in these moments where your Imposter shows up? I’d love to hear. Olivia x

Something a bit different today…
Notes from my journal that I’ve just shared with my subscribers. Here’s an excerpt for you too. PS I’ve got one spot left in Feb for either one client or a corporate speaking slot. Please get in touch Asap if you’d like to take it!
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Living with Imposter Syndrome is like being in a boxing ring with an opponent who is far stronger. Where they attack the weaker player until they are broken, bleeding on the floor and confidence is shattered.
They call you names and say things like: 'If only you were like her, you'd be so much better at your job...'.
I allow myself to be beaten up by my Imposter, almost continuously. I forget to treat myself with kindness, or compassion. It's easier to bruise and batter myself with criticism.
Some days the Imposter will be magnified like when I'm the most 'junior' person in the room. My voice constricts, I feel anxious, wondering if what I say will make sense or be clear. Other days I'm filled with confidence. I'm always on tenterhooks - wondering if my Imposter will show up that day…

Something a bit different today…

Notes from my journal that I’ve just shared with my subscribers. Here’s an excerpt for you too. PS I’ve got one spot left in Feb for either one client or a corporate speaking slot. Please get in touch Asap if you’d like to take it!


Living with Imposter Syndrome is like being in a boxing ring with an opponent who is far stronger. Where they attack the weaker player until they are broken, bleeding on the floor and confidence is shattered.

They call you names and say things like: `If only you were like her, you`d be so much better at your job…`.

I allow myself to be beaten up by my Imposter, almost continuously. I forget to treat myself with kindness, or compassion. It`s easier to bruise and batter myself with criticism.

Some days the Imposter will be magnified like when I`m the most `junior` person in the room. My voice constricts, I feel anxious, wondering if what I say will make sense or be clear. Other days I`m filled with confidence. I`m always on tenterhooks – wondering if my Imposter will show up that day…