the return of Mothers

imgresJust continuing on the conversations about women returning to the workplace.  Leaving is easy and returning is hard.  How do we make it easier?

IMHO companies should actively be pursuing women who are interested in returning to the workplace that used to be engaged in their workplace before they left to pursue motherhood.  Creative people, financial people, food people, operational people and others who have just spent the last decade or more running a family.  Those skills could apply to every single one I noted.

I have a friend who is starting to look at returning to the working world.  I am not so sure that a 5 day work with makes sense for her.  She has just spent the last decade and a half with a completely flexible schedule.  Flexible is the operative word here because I am not so sure she doesn’t still want to have some type of flexibility.  It is hard to go back to structure.  I would bet she still wants to be able to see her kids who are now young adults when they have a vacation time.   Whatever the reason flexibility is key.

For what it is worth if I had a company that was looking to hire people of her caliber that can bring maturity and a whole different angle to the workplace I would hire them with the premise of three day work week.  Those three days will be meaningful for the company, meaningful for the woman that was hired and I bet a win win for everyone.

Just my 2cents.