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Do You Fear Moms in the Workplace?

I know what you’re thinking, secretly, even though you would never admit it:

“If I hire a mom, she’ll need to take time off for her kids.”
“If I hire a mom, she will be thinking about her kids a lot.”
“If I hire a mom, she might be tired when she comes to work some mornings.”

So why would you hire a mom? Or even scarier, a single mom?

Because moms:

  • Are wizards at time management.
  • Can function on very little sleep.
  • Show up to work even when they don’t feel good.
  • Can go for hours on a single cup of coffee or a piece of chocolate.
  • Are creative thinkers.
• Train people with ease. • Think independently.
  • Will calm a client, bandage a finger, fix a broken copier, write a proposal, send a literate email and update social media – all at the same time.

If you need an extra hand doing something that’s “not my job,” most likely it’s not the recent college graduate but the mom who will do it.

  • Need to mediate between two employees? Moms are experts at getting people to play well together.
  • One of your employees have a personal problem? A mom will listen, be supportive, and get him or her back to work in record time.
  • Not sure how to go about expanding your business? Moms are expert budgeters and can help you figure out where to start and how to get the most for your money.
  • Team building is a cinch for moms.
  • Want your company to get involved in charity work? Ask a mom…she’ll know where to go.
  • Stuck in a foreign country on business with a lost passport, laptop and money? Don’t panic! A mom will figure out who to call, where to get new documents and how to get you home.
  • Need something proofread, printed and handed to you as you walk out the door to that important meeting? Duh, that’s our expertise. Ask a mom…she’ll help you look even better.

So maybe we need a few hours off here and there to take our kids to the doc- tor. Every now and then we might have to stay home and take care of a sick child. Maybe we need to get home in time to make dinner, help with homework and tuck our children into bed.

But we will more than make up for it and often work extra when we can…even from home.

  • Moms are fiercely loyal.
  • Quick to learn.
  • Able to multi-multi-multi task.
  • Won’t throw fits.
  • Can handle difficult people.
  • Stay calm.
  • Won’t spend her day ‘tweeting.’
  • Will call you back.
  • Show up when she’s tired.

So don’t be afraid. Hire a mom. Heck, even a single mom. If she doesn’t have the skills you need, she will learn.

Give her a chance, a job, a career, and she will be your one of your strongest allies.

Yes, moms rock in the workplace. 

Written by Helen M Ryan

Helen M. Ryan is a freelance writer, marketing pro, and the co-founder of Open Access Digital. She is also the host of the walking podcast Walking & Talking with Helen.

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