Ways Businesses Can Be More Mom-Friendly Without Sacrificing The Work
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Thanks to the changing climate in how we do business, a “traditional workday” no longer consists of an hour lunch and working between the hours of 9 am to 5 pm. There are things like telecommuting and relaxed rules (think Casual Fridays) that make the demands of business and personal life a little more manageable. The question becomes whether the same can be said for mothers.
While motherhood has been around since the beginning of time, there have been major shifts when it comes to companies and their policies that affect mom. Outside of common practices like maternity leave some women find that the demands of being a new parent and having a job are too much to juggle, which leads to an exit from the workplace. Recognizing these challenges companies have begun altering their work environment offering more flexibility.
Whether you work for a job that gives wiggle room in the policy department or are an entrepreneur establishing workplace rules, here are some ways how businesses can be more mom-friendly.
- Make telecommuting and flex schedules an option. Thank goodness for modern technology as it has made it easy for employees to do their jobs from different locations. Telecommuting is a popular option among many companies because it can cut down on the time and money needed to travel to the office. In addition, businesses should also consider flexible schedules (as needed) that would allow mommies to get their demands done during unconventional hours.
- Option to bring your child to work. Is this really that far-fetched considering some jobs are okay with pets in the workplace? Granted they probably don’t cry or need to be fed as much as a child, this would really allow for moms to work without always wondering how their child is doing. Note: You can take this a step farther by offering a child care service employees can pay to use.
- Provide rooms to nurse/express. Anyone who breastfeeds knows how hard it can be to pump on the job. If you do it at your cubicle some might give the side eye. If you go into the bathroom, you are sitting on a stall for a period of time with a battery-operated pump. If companies had a room for mommies to use it would help take away distractions – that is from others who are looking to see what you’re doing.
- Guilt-free time off. There are only so many excuses a mother can give to keep her job and tend to an unexpected issue. Creating a work environment where moms don’t feel guilty for trying to be a mother. Whether you need to leave early to pick up your child or come in late should they feel sick, a honest relationship with understanding can yield great results.
Is your company mom-friendly? Do you think certain amendments to better accommodate mothers is wise or showing favoritism?
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