Working mums are often viewed as exhausted, less committed to their jobs or suitable for promotion since they baby has become their main priority. But in many cases becoming a mother makes women better at their job because they develop highly desirable skills and value their time differently.
You probably know the adage “If you want something to get done, ask a busy person”? There’s probably no one busier than a new mum who works, and time management is a skill they have been perfected from their first days of motherhood. Getting children out of bed, dressed, fed, and ready for school takes organisation and discipline that is certainly nothing to be sniffed at. This incredible mum skill is highly transferable when it comes to work. Mothers value time more than anything. Every minute counts and that's the recipe for a results-driven employee.
Another foremost quality that mums develop is the ability to multitask and juggle with different responsibilities at the same time. Caring for another completely dependent human being as well as themselves and their home is no easy task. It requires the ability to streamline tasks, to anticipate and manage problems, and to use resources wisely. Being able to multitask at home, translates to being able to multitask in a busy and demanding work environment, to channel energy in an efficient and effective manner so to accomplish more in less time.
How good are your people skills? Having children forces mothers to learn how to listen, make compromises, supervise and motivate them to do better. In doing so they get to hone their interpersonal skills and learn how to develop other people. This quality is key for managers who support their team, reward good behaviour but also crack down on bad, set objectives or schedules and make sure they are implemented, be friendly and open to discussion but also able to set limits.
Being a parent involves a lot of anticipation in order to understand what needs to be done and how it is going to get done. A family day out with the children, for example, will need to be efficiently planned. Getting ready for the different weather possibilities, sorting through the different lunch options, what the budget is for the day, when you need to be home for, if any of the children have an important assignment to prepare for the next day. When you write down all the details of what mums need to do, in order for the day to run smoothly, it is no wonder that mums are finely-tuned planning machines. Being great at this is a highly desirable trait within the office as being able to think ahead effectively and plan the details enables mums to bring a strong focus to project and business management.