“What is the most difficult job in the world?”
“No, it’s not a recruiter.”
“That’s right! It’s being a parent.”
Imagine what it is like to become a parent, taking on one of the most challenging, testing, exhausting jobs there is and then returning to your old job again on top of this! This can be the most challenging obstacle that some women will face during their career. Therefore it is vital for employers to help during this period.
ONS 2017 figures show that 4.9 million mothers in England with dependant children are in work. This is up from 3.7 million in 1996. However almost 1 in 5 (18%) of working mothers have been forced to leave their jobs because a flexible working request has been turned down.
So what can employers and working mums do together to prevent this?
Here are our top tips for ‘working with your working mums’.
As a business owner it should be your responsibility to work with working mums to set up hours that are suitable for both them and yourself.
You can do this by offering working mums is flexible working hours and furthermore even the possibility to work from home a few days a week. With technology now it is easier than ever to offer this.
Offering flexible working hours to your working mums is a fantastic way to help them get back into the workplace. It also has many benefits for your workplace. It has been proven that by offering flexible working hours absenteeism will decrease in your workplace and productivity will increase. It can also increase employee loyalty and can make your business more attractive for job seekers.
As for working mums, returning to work after maternity work can be a very stressful time. To make the process easier ensure that your employer is aware of your return date and also any other essential information.
It is essential that both the employer and employee work hand in hand to make this transition as easy as it can be.
- Communication is key! Stay in touch with one another, make sure you tell your boss when you’re coming back and make sure your boss is aware of this.
- Discuss any changes prior to coming back, put an agreement or understanding in place.
- Make sure the work space is ready.
- Ensure that you are up to speed with everything you missed and that you have completed any training that you may need.
Let’s not forget, working mums are ninjas at multitasking which means they are a great asset to your business!!!