Women in Science
Part-time and flexible working
Video clip: Fran explains that scientists have to manage time carefully to run lab experiments if they work part-time. They might have to enrol support from colleagues in the lab.
What’s the main problem experienced by those working part-time? Is it because they end up working more hours than they should?
No, it’s the difficulty that if you’re in; say you work Monday, Tuesday, Friday.
It’s how you set up experiments so that you can, oh you’ve got blood samples coming in from clinical colleagues or something, how do you co-ordinate your days and your timing so that you can get things done?
Now there are two ways that you can do that. You can try to engineer everything it so that experiments can be conducted on those days or you can enrol support from other colleagues in the lab, who can just you know perhaps, stop a reaction at a certain time, or do the first step of a procedure just so it buys somebody an extra day of productive time in the lab. Other colleagues may want to have two days where they’re working on practical laboratory work and then on the other day, if they’re working three days a week, do all of their data analysis, writing and those kind of administrative things on that day. So, again it’s just a way of trying to work around the demands on their time.