With Mother's Day just around the corner, it's a great time to consider the specific challenges that working Moms face in many workplaces. Having a full-time job and a family can be hectic, challenging, rewarding and exhausting - sometimes all at the same time.
For better or worse, many working Moms serve as the primary caregiver in their household. What that means in the real world is that many women must balance the stresses of the workplace along with the day-to-day activities that come along with being a parent (including sick kids, making dinner, teacher conferences, etc.) [Kudos to men who share equally in this area, but we'll celebrate you in June.]
How do you keep high performing Moms in the workplace?
Author Georgia Collins offered some suggestions on how to make your workplace parent-friendly in an article in Fortune magazine. Here are some of her tips for those who manage working moms:
Huffington Post contributor Selena Cameron offers similar suggestions, emphasizing the importance of creating work environments where parents are not punished for utilizing flexible work arrangements:
Supporting fellow women:
Earlier this year, PowerToFly president Katharine Zaleski made headlines when she confessed "I didn’t realize how horrible I’d been – until I had a child of my own.” She admitted that as a manager at two major newspapers she committed a long list of infractions against mothers or said nothing while others did:
Sending a message to the next generation:
Clear Path's Anna Aceto-Guerin shares her thoughts on being an entrepreneur and a busy Mom:
Remember to show your appreciation to your own Mom this weekend if you're able to -- and don't forget to appreciate the working Moms in your own organization.
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