Companies across the globe are rapidly learning how to embrace flexibility, remote working, and daily reassessing how company operations should be executed. Lucky for them, moms are experts in all of these areas.
Whether it is a personal business, contract work, writing, or sales, these women are experts at balancing the demands of career + motherhood. A Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis study that we reference in our book, Your Turn: Careers, Kids and Comebacks–A Working Mother’s Guide, highlights that mothers are more productive in their jobs than women without children.
If they don’t already do income-producing work, they are working full time as the CFO, CEO, CIO, and COO of their family. You know this if you’re working from home alongside one right now.
Companies looking to ramp up operations (Zoom, Amazon, Walmart, Slack, Microsoft) during these unprecedented times should seriously consider this often overlooked group of potential employees. As we mentioned in our International Women’s Day post, many good things come from having more moms on your team. More moms in the workforce means:
- Good things for the economy: Estimates show moving women off the sidelines can increase GDP by 5%.
- Better workplace policies for all: There’s a quiet but mighty army of moms in companies pushing for paid leave, flexible workplaces, respect for the caregiving years, and more.
- Exceptional talent: Career breaks offer a chance to recharge and gain new skills. There’s research showing that mothering makes us better employees — that brains grow in new ways after childbirth, allowing for better relationship building and problem-solving — all critical in the workplace!
I mean, isn’t it obvious that the best person to constantly juggle the ever-changing demands of an unpredictable environment is the person who can talk a toddler off the ledge over a zipper and STILL get her family out the door?