Moms Make Better Employees?

Photography by Peter Reali

We toss around interesting links all the time at work, but this headline was particularly arresting:

Why bosses are right to distrust women who don’t want children… by a VERY outspoken mother (and ex-boss)

The piece written by Carol Sarler for the Daily Mail in the UK. Given that we work with both mothers and non-mothers, we don’t even really know what to say about this. Given that we’re a parenting magazine, we obviously think moms are the best in any situation, but we take issue with the implication that a woman who decides against having children is cold, odd, mad or sad. (And, to be fair, we’ve known some mothers who have been absolutely horrible employees.)

Here are some excerpts, or you can read the whole thing here.

Research conducted over six years shows that far from bosses and colleagues always being suspicious of a working mother, the opposite is becoming true: it is the childless woman who is regarded as cold and odd. As a result, it is these single-track careerists who are increasingly likely to be vilified, refused jobs and denied promotion because many employers believe them to lack what the study calls ‘an essential humanity’. And I know exactly what they mean.

In my experiences both as a colleague and an employer, I have found that mothers almost always bring something extra to the job, to the benefit of all.

It’s not the mothers, for a start, who are going to turn up late and hungover after a night on the razz; they’ll have been up, dressed and alert for hours, having cooked a family breakfast and delivered their children to school. On time.

It’s not the mothers, usually, who run the office bitch-fest.

They’re not there to compete for the attentions of the male executives; they’re there to get out of the house; they’re there because they genuinely enjoy some adult company; and they’re there because they have mouths to feed other than their own and shoes to buy for someone else’s feet.

So three cheers for the employers who are catching on, the ones who don’t want to people their workforces with the cold, the calculating, the sad and the mad. The only question is: what took you so long?

What do you think? Do moms make better employees? Or better bosses?

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