This Sunday, mothers will be celebrated everywhere for all that they do. In recognition of this special day, we surveyed professionals to discover what it takes for working moms to overcome obstacles when balancing work life and caring for children. Resoundingly, the answer was flexibility.
According to the recent survey, flexible work hours, the option to work closer to home (both 95%) and the option to choose video-conferencing over travel at times (86%) were top of the list in helping working moms do it all.
Often times, women want to scale back on their careers during preschool years and then go back full-time once children are school-aged (source: WorkingMother.com). Previous Regus research has revealed 56 per cent of businesses globally value part-time returning mothers because they offer skills and experience which is difficult to find in the current market. In addition, 72 per cent believe that companies who ignore part-time returning mothers are missing out on a significant and valuable part of the employment pool.
Here are some tips to help moms get back to the workforce while maintaining a comfortable balance between profession and childcare.
Provide flexible work hours – Working a regiment 9 to 5 schedule with the technology available today is becoming an old way of life. While it’s important to be in the office for face-to-face meetings or to create rapport, flexible hours should be an option to allow working moms to meet childcare scheduling i.e. to drop their kids off at school or pick them up, if necessary.
Allow times to work from home or remotely – Recently, Yahoo’s CEO Marissa Mayer faced criticism when she took away the ability for employees to work remotely. While it’s important to have employees in the office, there are times when working remotely or from home should be permitted. For example, letting moms work three days in the office and two days at home, or in a flexible workspace, can create an environment in where both a business’ and a mother’s needs are met.
Understand that there will be necessary time off – Children can get sick, especially when they are in day care. Without doubt, there will be times when moms need time off to care for their child. Employers who understand this and let moms stay home to care for their children, will discover they have professionals who are much less stressed about trying to manage both professional and personal needs and can be more productive when back in the office.
Look into flexible workplaces closer to their home – Working from home isn’t always the ideal option for moms. There can be many distractions and a mother’s home office may not be fully equipped to operate at full scale. That’s when a flexible workplace, like Regus’ ThinkPods or private offices, can provide great benefits to working moms while also decreasing long commute times. It’s easy to stop into a business centre located in residential areas to use flexible working spaces and still be close to home.o home.