“Sorry, sorry!”, a women says while on a Zoom meeting, quickly muting the sounds of her child in the background and subtly trying to usher them out of the room. That’s the type of scene we all remember witnessing or partaking in early last year, as working parents and their colleagues quickly realised the realities of what working from home under lockdown looked like.
Fast-forward to today, and the online scenes are different at lots of law firms and other companies. Working parents have never been so visible, and therefore more likely to be understood and welcomed by their peers and seniors. As the majority of childcare is still undertaken by women, the flexible-working shift in the industry has been heralded by many as a huge positive for that set.