When applying for a new job or getting a promotion, women between 25 and 35 often think they might be at a disadvantage. Whether this is true or not, fact is that that´s for many women the age group they might be starting a family or are busy running their new family. But if we think about, is that really a disadvantage? Because the way I see it, there are a lot of advantages of having a mom-employee since in many aspects moms can make better employees and have some very unique skills.
Skills Parents can Offer
As a mom, or as a parent in general, we develop some very unique skills which can come in very handy at work as well:
• Time management
If there´s one thing that we moms don´t have enough of it is time. Time to get everything done. So also at a job, that makes us eager for getting our work done in less time so we can spend more time at home with our kids. When we go to the office our objective is not to keep hanging around as long as possible (which goes hand in hand with a lot of coffee breaks and catching up with colleagues), but to finish our work as soon as possible so we can get home at a normal time and still have dinner and some quality time with our kids. So going to work for us means getting things done.
• Working under pressure
Ever tried to get something done at home with a screaming kid around? Mothers know how to work under pressure! And honestly, compared to the drama and temper tantrums we can get at home from our lovely offspring, how much pressure can a deadline at work really give us?
• Dealing with stressful situations
I don´t know about you but my perspective of “stress” has changed quite a bit. Whereas before becoming a mom I could find some days at work very stressful, nowadays my days at work are exactly quite relaxing compared to my days at home. So yeah, moms can probably deal with stressful situations much better because compared to the stress they sometimes have to handle at home, at work, it almost feels like peanuts. Nobody is putting their fingers in a plug point, cutting the ears of the cat, diving head-first off the couch, falling off their little car, emptying the garbage can on the floor, or eating the sand from the plants? Nah, no stress needed.
Related to time management, but as a mom, you need to multitask to get to everything in a day. So while you try to entertain your kid playing with a ball, you´re cooking dinner and at the same time unloading the dishwasher. There´s simply no time to do everything at different moments. This skill definitely comes in handy at work as well!
Recently there has been quite some debate about whether multitasking is a good skill to have or if we should be fully focused on the task at hand. And I agree that for some tasks you probably do a better job with your full dedication, but there´s plenty of other, more operational, tasks where multitasking comes in quite handy!
Being a parent means our patience is being put to the test on a daily basis. Did I say “daily”? Hourly is probably more accurate here. Try to stay patient when your toddler suddenly doesn´t want to have his sandwich anymore cut in cubes but in triangles. And when you finally managed to cut them in triangles (yep, the things we do for our kids), he wants rounds. Impatient anyone?
Last but not least, moms are the queens of organizing. Juggling between getting on time to the daycare, meetings at work, doing the groceries and preferably also finding a little time slot to go to the gym or having a wine with friends, we need to organize ourselves well to make it all work.
So what if instead of making ourselves feel less of an employee or less qualified for that promotion, we see ourselves as more capable because of our experience as a mom? What if we just use these new, or improved, skills as an advantage?
What other skills do make moms better employees?