I’m a Mom who works and one of my priorities is that from 8am – 5pm, I’m here for work, but anything after 5pm or before 8am is my time with kids. I do NOT like to deviate from that at all and avoid any possible interruption of that time with my kids. I plan my entire day around those times to ensure that I’m here for both my sake as well as my children’s sake.
This got me thinking the other day, though, when I had a request to work after hours about whether the corporate world SHOULD take the fact that a woman is a mother as a consideration when hiring her on a permanent, or even, on a contract basis?
Here are the questions that came to mind when I gave it some real thought:
- Should MOMs be allowed to choose the times they work?
- Should MOMs be catered for in the corporate world e.g. they aren’t required to work after hours, they have more flexible hours, etc.?
- Should MOMs get special treatment at work because their child is sick or their nanny didn’t pitch?
- Should the government not support MOMs more by subsidising their incomes more so they can work less? Or, perhaps better tax benefits?
- Do women who are MOMs NOT get considered for a position because they are a Mom?
I’m very interested to hear from other Moms out there how they deal with the corporate world? Do you work after hours even when you don’t want to – who then looks after your kids? Are you made to feel guilty because you are a Mom and you can’t always put in those extra hours your company needs?
I think this is a very interesting topic. I know as an employer that it can be frustrating when an employee can’t work as a result of an unexpected scenario e.g. Child is sick, nanny doesn’t pitch, school closes for the day, etc. However, thankfully, my particular business isn’t overly deadline or meeting focussed. But, what about out there in the BEEG GROWN UP world at the companies where meetings and deadlines are a daily thing – how do other Moms do it?
Please share your thoughts with me in the comments below.
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