When it comes to returning to work after their maternity leave, it is important for working mothers to be able to choose when and under what circumstances that happens. Keeping a work-life balance usually seems more pressuring than before.
In any case, hiring, retaining or promoting a mother after their pregnancy pause is undoubtedly beneficial to her. Reports reveal that their confidence is boosted and along with that, their efficiency and productivity. But, this is not the whole story.
A recent survey by American research firm Werklabs shows that not only do working mothers do the business, but they also do good to businesses. The presence of mothers in the workplace leads to a more positive employee experience, greater workplace inclusivity and heightened team performance.
The numbers say it all. 81% of female employees with a mother manager or CEO say they encourage team collaboration. Female employees report their productivity is 12% higher than those without and they say are 40% more likely to stay at their current employer within the next year. Apart from higher retention rates, female employees who have both colleagues and managers that are mothers report being more likely to recommend their employer as a great place to work by 27%. In addition, mother managers are rated 15% more favorably with regard to fair team treatment.
The message to employers is one: Unlock the full potential of working mothers and let your employees and business shine and thrive.