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Empowering Working Moms: A Business Leader's Guide to Supporting Success

The Challenges and Strengths of Working Moms

Working moms face a unique set of challenges, as they juggle the demands of their careers with the responsibilities of raising a family. As a business leader, HR consultant, and DEI expert, I have experienced these challenges firsthand and have dedicated my career to helping organizations support and empower working moms. In this article, I will discuss the importance of creating a supportive environment for working moms, explore research on the benefits of supporting working parents, share my personal experiences and process, and provide actionable advice for leaders and teams looking to better support working moms.

The Benefits of Supporting Working Moms

Numerous studies have demonstrated the advantages of supporting working parents, including increased employee engagement, higher retention rates, and improved productivity. According to a study by the Harvard Business Review, companies with strong work-life policies tend to have more engaged employees, which translates to a 21% increase in profitability (HBR, 2018). Additionally, a study by the Center for American Progress found that offering paid family leave can lead to a 10-20% reduction in turnover rates (CAP, 2019).

My Journey as a Working Mom and Business Leader

As a working mom myself, I understand the challenges of balancing career and family life. These experiences have fueled my passion for promoting policies and practices that empower working moms, enabling them to thrive in their careers while also nurturing their families.

Tara Furiani, Justin Boggs and their 7 Kids!  Not the HR Lady, Working Parents, Tarabull Media, Workcations
Tara Furiani, Justin Boggs and their 7 Kids!

Creating a Supportive Environment for Working Moms

When working with organizations to support working moms, I follow a comprehensive approach that includes:

  • Assessing the current workplace culture and policies, identifying areas that may present challenges for working moms

  • Developing tailored strategies to address identified issues and create a more inclusive environment

  • Implementing targeted initiatives to better support working moms, such as flexible work arrangements, paid parental leave, and childcare support

  • Monitoring progress and adjusting strategies as needed to ensure ongoing support for working moms

Tips for Supporting Working Moms

To better support working moms, leaders and teams can implement the following strategies:

  • Encourage a culture of flexibility by offering options for remote work, flexible hours, and job sharing.

  • Provide paid parental leave and support employees in their transition back to work after leave.

  • Offer childcare assistance, such as on-site daycare or childcare subsidies, to help alleviate the burden of childcare costs and logistics.

  • Foster an inclusive culture that recognizes and celebrates the unique strengths and contributions of working moms.

  • Encourage open communication and provide regular check-ins to address any challenges or concerns faced by working moms.

Supporting working moms is not only a matter of social responsibility but also a strategic business decision. By creating a supportive environment for working moms, organizations can tap into their unique talents, foster employee loyalty, and ultimately drive better business outcomes. As a business leader and DEI expert, I am committed to helping organizations champion the success of working moms and create a more inclusive, supportive workplace for all employees.

Written by: Tara Furiani, CEO, Tarabull Media, Not the HR Lady

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