The narrative around Mother’s Day has been an ever-evolving one. What began as a simple celebration of everything mothers do, to now a celebration of the fact that mothers are no short of being superheroes in their own right; managing work & home seamlessly.
While all of it may seem effortless on the surface, the burden of managing a home while also working can take a huge toll on working mothers. This was very evident, especially during the pandemic. It is obvious that shouldering all this responsibility will have an impact which often leads to “working-mom burnout”. So how do working mothers find work-life balance?
Let us begin by highlighting statistics before addressing it:
According to a 2020 report from Maven and Great Place to Work, about 9.8 million working mothers reported experiencing burnout — which was almost 30% more than what working fathers experienced, with higher levels among Blacks, Asians, and Latina mothers.
A 2020 report from McKinsey found, that over 25% of women were considering what many of them would have considered unthinkable: downshifting their careers or leaving the workforce completely. “The pandemic intensified challenges that women already faced,” the McKinsey report said.
There was also an article by Forbes on the “Pink collar recession” caused due to COVID-19.
Additionally, a study by Flexjobs found that when considering a job opportunity, parents ranked the following as crucial decision-making factors:
- Work flexibility (84%)
- Work-life balance (80%)
- Salary (75%)
- Health insurance (42%)
- Company reputation (39%)
- 401(k)/retirement benefits (29%)
So how are workplaces accommodating working mothers & ensuring that they can effectively avoid “working-mom burnouts”?
As an organization committed to being inclusive, we asked our employees who are mothers, to share some insights about their lives and their thoughts on what work-life balance means to them:
Q. How has work changed since becoming a mother?
Rupa: I’m more mature at handling my work. I now put the larger picture in perspective when making decisions.
Kavitha: Being a mom has actually made me more productive
Q. How have organisations evolved to support working mothers?
Rupa: We now have flexible policies that help mothers meet their needs (such as work-from-home, maternity leaves etc). Women are also being encouraged to break the norms and work in traditionally male-dominated places like production factories etc.
Kavitha: Working mothers need flexibility at work and I can confidently say that Venwiz has provided us with the same.
Q. What are the biggest challenges & accomplishments as a working mom?
Rupa: The biggest challenge is to find the right balance between multiple commitments. Prioritizing and spending energy on the most important things helps.
I have a sense of satisfaction at the end of every day to be able to create great products at Venwiz while also spending quality time with my children.
Kavitha: The challenging part is to plan my days to balance both work & kids. At the end of the day, I’ll be happy if I give my best to both.
Q What are your aspirations for the future of mothers at work?
Rupa: Mothers should be able to contribute to the best of their abilities at home & at work without feeling any guilt. They should be able to grow to leadership positions and have reliable support systems that help them achieve their dreams
Kavitha: Moms can be the best managers because motherhood is one of the most basic forms of leadership.