IT Management Slideshow: Working Mothers: Why They're Good for Business

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 03-12-2012
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For too long, mothers with careers had to battle workplace stigmas about their commitment level. Not anymore, according to a recent survey from Care.com. While the survey doesn't specifically address women working in IT, the themes are universal. It seems CIOs and other managers are recognizing that women are clearly comfortable with -- and skilled at -- balancing parental duties with job responsibilities. Being a working mother is no longer seen as a "dealbreaker" for promotions, according to working mothers taking the survey. In many cases, they're finding themselves more productive and valuable at their companies than ever. "Working moms enjoy what they do," says Katie Bugbee, Managing Editor of Care.com. "Many feel more creative and motivated as a working-parent, and even feel they add a better perspective at their jobs now that they are moms." Unfortunately, respondents say most organizations do little to accommodate professional women with kids, with providing any kind of childcare benefits. This may place them at a competitive disadvantage, because women now hold more than half of the entry-level jobs at American blue-chip companies. Also, women will account for nearly 60 percent of total undergraduate enrollment by 2019, according to the 2011 White House Report on Women. An estimated 1,000 women took part in the Care.com research. For more about the survey, click here. Here are 10 highlights:
78% of respondents say they like having a job and being a parent.
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Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.
 
 
 

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