Career Assets of Motherhood
This Mother’s Day, Pay It Forward: Hire a Mom
Moms are some of the most underappreciated and underestimated people on the planet — except on Mother’s Day.
Most people show their mom how grateful they are by giving an expensive or thoughtful gift, taking her out for a nice meal, or finally completing that task she’s been asking them to do for months. While those are all great ideas, there’s something else people can be doing to elevate moms everywhere: hiring them.
Let me tell you why moms are a fantastic investment.
As a new mom, I have a newfound appreciation for the time management skills, intense focus, and get-things-done attitude moms learn to cultivate. All of these skills are directly transferable to the modern workplace and make for excellent, results-oriented employees.
Moms are extremely organized — they have to be to get their kids up, ready for school, fed, and entertained. And that’s just one aspect of their life. Over time, moms learn to manage their kids’ needs, their social needs, and their work needs. They’re constantly finding ways to optimize their processes and increase their productivity, and can directly translate that skill to the workplace.
No matter how many parenting books you read, podcasts you listen to, and advice you gain from others, most moms may never feel like they are an expert in having and raising a kid (at least not me!). But they will only really know how to do something once they do it. So realistically, they’re thrown into the deep end and have to figure it all out on their own. Companies value people who are not afraid to roll up their sleeves, take initiative and learn things without much guidance.
Work-life balance is very difficult — probably impossible — for moms to achieve. But that doesn’t stop them from trying. Instead, they learn to make split-second “work-life choices” that prioritize the things that really matter. Putting things in perspective, taking stock of existing data, and making informed decisions are all keys to success in a corporate setting.
Moms take authority and ownership over problems because they are often the people who have to solve them. In this process, they learn how to motivate their kids and partners. They also learn to delegate without being too much of a micromanager. And since conflicts often arise among their children, they are often particularly good listeners and can expertly diffuse heated situations.
To say that every mom’s day is different is an understatement. Schedules are always changing, kids’ needs are always changing, and work demands change, too. Moms are accustomed to managing all of that, so can adjust company strategy, project delays, or leadership changes easily and quickly. They know how to pivot when things aren’t working and how to focus on the next best step.
Moms can’t afford to spend time sweating the small stuff. They know that great is the enemy of good and work toward getting things done and out the door rather than wasting time or failing to hit deadlines making their deliverables as perfect as humanly possible. They proactively ask for feedback and take it gracefully, using it to inform future projects.
Moms Work Harder Than Anyone
Besides doing something you love, having money to support your kids is one of the strongest motivators for employees. Moms are dead-set on saving for college, childcare, and other things that will improve their children’s lives. And as a result, they likely push themselves harder than any other employee.
So why not take a chance on a mom? Chances are she’ll be one of your greatest assets.
Are you a mom looking for a job or a leader looking to beef up your staff? Reach out to me or any of our other experts at Planet Pro.
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