The high-vis way to get ahead

Becoming a mother did not make Lisa Pantelli any less ambitious. It did, however, mean that she had to work part-time so she could balance the demands of her career with those of looking after her son. Unfortunately, some people at her employer felt, as a result, that she was no longer committed to getting ahead.

“There was an assumption by some that I wouldn’t be as ambitious — which couldn’t have been further from the truth,” she said. “They also struggled with what sort of work to give me.”

This is fairly common. People who work part-time frequently find their potential overlooked by employers, according to Penny de Valk, managing director at the consultancy Penna Talent Management. “Part-time is often seen as being not serious about your career, even though we know from research that part-timers are hugely productive,” she said.

Read more in The Sunday Times