Moms Get Stuff Done!
I recently had a conversation with a small business owner friend who is looking to hire someone to join their team. She is a go-getter in her early thirties, whose children are super cute, albeit of the four legged and hairy variety! She was expressing her frustration in most applicants being young mothers, and her not wanting to employ someone who had those commitments. Yes, I could have got all mad and defensive, and gone down a discrimination war path, but instead I told her the truth – Moms get sh*t done honey!
Yes, Moms (and Dads) have extra commitments – they are called children. They get sick, they get hurt, they sometimes do anything they can think of to try and stay home for the day, which in turn means Mom may have to stay home too. They are slow to get ready, so slow… Then when they are finally ready they spill things on their shirts, or forget their show and tell for school, or heaven forbid you get out the door and are on your way to drop them off before work, and you need to turn around and go back home because they really need to poop. Yes, occasionally Moms may be late. They don’t want to be late though, and will do everything in their god given Supermama power toolbox to ensure it happens as least frequently as possible.
Here’s the good news – Moms get sh*t done. Moms are amazing multitaskers – have you seen how many things they can do at once? Moms are incredible negotiators – how do you think they get their child to sit still at the doctor, or eat their veggies? Moms are fantastic peace keepers, planners and my goodness can they work under pressure – did you know a prerequisite for being a Mom is being able to run a household efficiently while keeping children from killing each other and getting to soccer and dancing on time (even though they start at the same time)? Seriously though, not only do they get shit done, but with a bit of understanding and flexibility, they will be some of the most grateful and loyal employees around, which will further save an employer time, stress and money. My professional opinion (as a, well, mother) is that Moms make fantastic employees. If you are a small business owner, and have had doubts about employing someone with extra commitments, I would really encourage you to take a chance on a Mom. If you are a Mom and a dedicated employee, I applaud you gorgeous. Keep doing your thing!