Moms at Work: The Value of a Working Mom

Moms at Work: The Value of a Working Mom

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The Perception of Motherhood and Work

It goes without saying that my child is my world, but my work, in addition to my livelihood, is a part of who I am. I strongly believe I am the best version of myself when I'm working.  I know that working is what's best for me and my family. But I can imagine that not everyone feels the same. Hence the motherhood penalty. A term coined by sociologists,

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The Perception of Motherhood and Work

the motherhood penalty, argues that working mothers experience systematic disadvantages in the workplace, like less pay, decreased benefits, lack of perceived competence, and lack of commitment when compared to women without children. There is a perception that women with children don't work 

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as hard and are less committed to their jobs because they are distracted by their caregiving responsibilities. 41% of employed Americans perceive working moms to be less devoted to their work, according to Bright Horizons 2018 Modern Family Index. This stereotype hurts not only women but also the companies who fall victim to believing it.

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The Value Mothers Add

We Want to Work Careers provide a source of pride and purpose. One could argue so does motherhood, but work fulfills a different need and desire than parenting.  While the financial benefit of working is a clear motivation for both men and women in the workplace, working isn't just about the money. Bright Horizons’ 2018 Modern

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Family Index states that 74% of moms work because they love their careers. Mothers are motivated and driven. When a mom goes to work, they are sacrificing precious time with their children, but in exchange, they know they're receiving fulfillment and satisfaction through their work. We're working because we want to be. If we're asking to be 

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in the meeting, it's because we want to be. If we’re asking for the promotion, it’s because we know we’re qualified.  Sometimes we may take a Zoom call at home with a sick child, or we opt for a top knot instead of a polished blowout, but that doesn't mean we are any less committed to our work.

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The Value Mothers Add

Motherhood Elevates Our Expertise When you think of the following qualities, who comes to mind: great listener, skilled at time management, team player, and calm under pressure? Whether you thought of a mom or an employee, you're right.  Becoming a mother helps us develop new skills and hones the skills we already have.

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The experiences at home and work complement each other more than one might initially think. Moms can prioritize like no other. We have to pick our battles, like having a clean house versus having a happy baby, so when it comes to to-do lists, you bet we can handle it. We are also making a choice to work. We are giving up time 

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with our children and giving it to a company. You better believe that we're going to make the most of that time. If you've ever tried to squeeze in a shower, a deadline, that nagging task on your to-do list, and five minutes of blissful relaxation into an unquantifiable nap time, you get it.

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Support Us, and We'll Support You According to The Mom Project's 2019 Building a Better Workplace Report, 83% of women say they would be willing to leave a job for a role that better supports their desired workplace criteria.  The same report goes on to say that 75% of women surveys ranked their manager's and 

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organization's support for having the flexibility to balance work and professional life as the most critical criteria in job selection in terms of feeling respected at work. If you value our expertise as professionals, support us as mothers. Work-life balance does not exist, especially not during the last year when the lines of work-life 

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integration began to seriously blur. Mothers who want to work and are dedicating their time to a company want to be appreciated and supported. It all comes down to trust. Moms are the hardest workers I know. They’re loyal, intelligent, and devoted to their work and their children. If a company trusts an employee to get the job done, employees will trust 

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them, thus being loyal and supporting the company's goals and objectives.

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