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Here's What You Told Us | The Working Mom Spotlight

We would like to offer a sincere thank you to the wonderful women in our eumom community.

Initially, when we first announced that we were launching our brand new research campaign, The Working Mom Spotlight, we were blown away by the astounding interest and support from our friends, community, and beyond. We kicked off part one of our Spotlight research with our opening survey, which saw you, our community, respond in the thousands! Proving, once again, just how important it is for us to shine a light on the challenges faced by working moms. So far, we have gained so much knowledge into what really helps when it comes to making a working mom's career enjoyable, satisfying and manageable. We would like to share these initial findings with you now, and also tell you a little bit about part two!

Here's What You Told Us:

When asked to consider family life, children, and work, over half of our respondents said that they are happy with their current working arrangements (53%). Brilliant news!

What Makes Mom Happy In The Workplace?

  • Flexible hours
  • Being able to work from home
  • Having an understanding/empathetic employer

We are delighted to hear that many employers are already demonstrating their commitment to working moms, with family friendly initiatives (58% agree that employers support working moms) and a family-supportive culture (71% agreeing that their employer is understanding if they really need to be with their family).

What Does Having A Supportive Employer Mean?

Three-quarters of our moms agree that having a supportive employer makes them more committed to developing their career with that organisation. Furthermore, it impacts performance, with 91% of moms agreeing that an unsupportive employer can lead to stress and reduced performance.

Guilt Is Universal

However, 85% of our moms agree that they suffer from guilt caused by long hours away from their family. And a whopping 86% agree that when they're under pressure from work and home life, their relationship with their partner/husband suffers. Guilt is universal. We all feel it from time to time. But it's important to remind yourself that you're doing what you do to support your family. And you should never feel guilty about that. Remember, you're doing a great job!

Where Does The Pressure Come From?

According to our research, many of our moms feel under pressure in the workplace. And the pressure comes from many sources! Including, in majority order, colleagues, in-laws, the media, the public, partners/husbands, parents/siblings and friends.

How Do Working Moms Feel about Their Careers?

A working mom really does have a lot to juggle with their jobs, family, children, finances and childcare and often feel that their own career suffers as a result:

  • 62% agree that, as a mother, they have less career prospects
  • 54% agree that they earn less as a mother, leading to even further finance worries

What About The Unhappy 47%?

While we were delighted to hear that 53% of our moms are happy with their current working arrangements, that still leaves a large portion who are not. We know that flexibility and an understanding employer are the keys to a happy working mom, but what else can be done? Two-thirds of our respondents have, or are planning to, make changes to the way they work (63%). Those changes include reducing their working hours, re-training and re-skilling and moving job to a more family friendly employer. So as the saying goes, is a change better than a rest?

Part 2 of Spotlight:

In the next phase of our research, we want to hear from the 63% of moms above who decided that change was the way forward.

  • What did you change?
  • How did you change it?
  • What were the results?
  • Did it drastically improve your situation?

In order to help the 47% of moms who are unhappy, we want to hear from those who have made changes, so that we can share your learning to help our whole community.

We know that you, our trusted and honest eumom community, have so much knowledge to share. We can't wait to hear about the changes you have made to help make your career enjoyable, satisfying and manageable.


About the Author

Editor of eumom.ie, Mairéad Cahalan is a creator of content, a lover of music, red wine and coffee, and a part-time wedding singer! Find her on Twitter, Instagram, Soundcloud and LinkedIn.

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