Rather than seeing a working mum as a problem, organisations need to embrace the fact that a working mum can bring many advantages to the business. Many incredibly talented women leave the workforce to start their families and find it difficult to return when they require more flexible working conditions. There is an untapped talent pool waiting for the right opportunity with the right employer, so it is essential that your business changes it’s mindset about hiring working mums. Here are just 5 benefits of hiring a working mum, although I’m sure we could think of many more:
- She’s an amazing multitasker. A stressful day at the office can seem like a breeze compared to the whirlwind of motherhood. As you watch her give her all to her career, you may never see that she’s also coordinating a multitude of other tasks involving children, schools, home, meals, chores, pets and countless other responsibilities.
- She’s dependable and loyal. If you provide flexibility and manage well, you’re more likely to end up with satisfied workers who are loyal to your business. Happy workers are generally more productive and loyal employees are true advocates of your business and are more likely to go the extra mile. While this isn’t specific to working mums, the fact that many find it hard to find work or have had inflexible employers in the past, means they are more likely to appreciate a flexible and forward-thinking employer.
- She works just as hard, if not harder. Just because she’s a mum, doesn’t mean she’ll work less hard than other employees, in fact you’ll find she works harder! She can still be career driven, mums often work harder than their childless counterparts to prove themselves or to ‘make up’ for working part time.
- She’s the forgotten talent pool. If you’ve been looking to hire, but can’t find the right person, think about widening your net to allow the post to be a job share or part-time. A large number mums are highly qualified or have extensive experience – you shouldn’t bypass this pool of candidates because they may need to work flexibly. While job shares need a little more work to set up and ensure they run smoothly, they can be very beneficial for businesses. You could have two team members with different strengths, meaning that you have a better skillset than you would if you’d just hired one full-time member of staff.
- She’ll upgrade your culture. Don’t be afraid to foster a culture in your company that promotes flexibility and life-work balance. You’ll have elated employees who work harder and smarter.
To discuss how you can hire a highly experienced, hard working mum, contact our team via our website.