Becoming a mum has been life changing. I know it sounds so cliche, but it’s true. I’ve left the workplace to stay at home with Arthur, which I want to continue to do. However, our family bank account has other plans. That’s ok, I’m all for a bit of hard graft. I will happily putt in the hours to achieve what I truly want out of life. So ‘heigh ho heigh ho’ it’s back to work I go…
I thought the process of finding a job would be as quick as making Arthur was… I’ve never struggled before. I have good connections and have written many CV’s, even for others over the years. So I wasn’t expecting the quest to finding a job to get us by whilst I pursue my business so difficult.
For us, childcare is few and far between. My mum being the only one able to have him for half a day each week. So with this in mind, I would only be able to work evenings and weekends. Doesn’t sound so out of reach, does it?
I like to think there is always a silver lining to every situation… For this one, it comes in the form of this blog post.
Are mum’s being overlooked in the workplace?
The lovely Emma from “mum of mad lads” touched upon this in an Instagram post a while back. She said that she felt like if it wasn’t for her opportunity with her family business then her skills “would of only been used on the kids”. This then sparked other monther’s to reach out and share their ‘back to work’ experiences.
One mother, after being deninded her requested
Another mum said “On looking at going back to work I could not find ANYTHING part time that was suited to me or my qualifications at all. In the end under-utilized I got offered a role through a family friend.”
So why are us mummy’s being under-utilised in the workplace?
You can begin to see a pattern, can’t you? There is not enough roles out there that offer flexible hours. It appears that most mothers have to fight for their previous role if they are not willing to go back into the conventional “full-time hours”.
It appears to me that us mummies are being denied a flexible job role. And for what? Not being able to conform to the conventional “
Wouldn’t you agree that we have an array of skills that only a mother posses? Being able to function efficently on less than the recommended 7 hours sleep. We’re able to play referee between what at the time feels like two WWE fighters. Not to mention the eye’s in the back of your head that form when you push that watermelon sized child out of your vagina.
These skills are great yeah, but how are they useful in the workplace? We’re able to defuse situations quickly. We are dedicated individuals, despite the lack of sleep.
After talking to a lot of mummies about their experiences on returning to work, it was clear that the majority had had a negative one. However, there seems to be a movement happening.
What do the employers have to say?
I’m one of these people that when I’ve got a topic on my mind, I like to research it. When I say research, I don’t mean dig up all the statistics although they can be helpful. I like to speak to others and get their opinions. A way of educating myself.
I went into this post believing that there weren’t enough job-roles out there for mothers to work flexibly around their children. Unless of
Whilst speaking with a couple of managers it seemed that it was completely depending on the person’s skills. If a mother went along to an interview and had the all the desired skills, they (as a manager) would be willing to negotiate a flexible hours contact.
However, when speaking to some Managers and CEO’s of companies, it was interesting to hear a different take on the topic.
Both managers/employers seemed very keen to be more flexible to take on board the desirable person. Whether or not they had a litter at home or not.
Are mothers out of touch?
Whilst discussing with employers about what seems to be a lack of job’s for mothers, there was a huge question mark that stood out for me. Are mothers out of touch with the standard computer skills?
Ok, so you can tell that the managers that were replying to my post were working within an office environment. But it is an important skill to stay up to date with. Do you know how to efficiently use excel? Are you up to date with how to write a formal email? These are just some of the things that purhaps some of us have lost touch with. I know I have.
Hold up! We learned how to feed a baby from our own body… Or makeup bottles half zombified at 2 am… within DAYS! Us mummies are quick learners.
Although the employers I spoke to seemed to be open and flexible with taking on mothers. It is still quite clear that there are more mothers in need of flexible job roles than there are jobs.
I’d love to hear about your “back to work experience” and if you’re a manager or CEO of a business how do you feel about employing a mum.