Thriving at Work and Motherhood: Breaking the 23% Barrier!

I was chatting with someone who said at the start of her career, she used to work away from home from Monday to Thursday until she had her second child, and then her husband put his foot down and she had to settle for a back office job! There are so many places I could go with this, not least, why she had to be the one to settle and why her partner felt entitled to put his foot down when it came to her career. 

 

But, I want to go for a real head-scratcher for a change – the whole shebang about working mothers not thriving in the workplace. Let’s break it down, stir the waters a bit, and then find a sprinkle of a solution to this puzzling problem.

 

So here’s the deal. According to the State of the Global Workplace Report 2023, only a measly 23% of employees worldwide are thriving. That’s like finding a needle in the haystack, right? But wait, there’s more. Now, toss in the hurdles that working mums face – you know, like juggling work and parenting like absolute pros and dealing with biases that can sometimes feel like they’re from another century. Suddenly, that 23% starts looking like a winning lottery ticket – nearly impossible to come by!

 

Indulge me here and let me paint a picture of what could happen if we keep this status quo: 

 

Working mothers will continue to feel like they’re walking on a tightrope, trying to keep their balance between work and family and being driven demented. It’s a recipe for burnout, folks! Believe me, I have been there, bought the T-shirt and written a book about it. 

 

They will struggle to get ahead in their careers, constantly battling against the stereotypes and biases that unfairly stack the deck against them. 

 

And let’s not forget the guilt that creeps in when they can’t be in two places at once – at home with the kids and at work, crushing their projects. It’s an emotional rollercoaster, to say the least.

 

But fret not, my friends! There’s a glimmer of hope in this cloudy sky. Imagine a world where working mothers are not just surviving but thriving! It starts with workplaces embracing flexibility, acknowledging that life isn’t always predictable. Supportive policies, like flexible hours and remote work options, can be game-changers. It’s about challenging stereotypes and biases, letting talent shine regardless of gender or parenting status. That said, it is still only half the picture.

 

In this dream world, working mothers feel empowered to set boundaries, ask for help when they need it, and have the flexibility to be there for their kids’ important moments. They can chase their career dreams while savouring the joys of parenthood without feeling like they’re constantly letting someone down. It’s a world where everyone thrives, and we all root for each other’s success.

 

But this dream world doesn’t happen by accident. Workplaces can offer all the flexibility, diversity and inclusion policies that they want. If these women do not work on themselves to feel empowered and worthy, They will still not take full advantage of them.

 

So ladies, let’s be the change-makers and build a world where working mothers are part of that glowing 23% who are not just surviving but thriving. It’s a win-win for everyone – happier mums, thriving businesses, and a brighter future for all of us!

 

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