{Study} Employers and Working Mothers: Mom at Work Still A Problem

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For many women in Germany, unfortunately, children and jobs are still a problem. Reason: The lack of flexibility in working hours. As before, part-time work is regarded as a career impediment and mothers only as a half-worker.

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Presentism is self-evident

Somehow, it is still a matter of course that employees are there - in the office, preferably from morning to night and the whole week. Flexible working hours? Wrong! Those who are not permanently present must be afraid of making the next career jump.

Part-time models are still considered to be a career case: those who appear in the office only four days a week quickly expose themselves to being lazy. Even if he or she has children. No wonder then that many women still see rigid working hours as the biggest problem in reconciling work and family life.

How do employers see this?

But how are you? Company to working mothers? Theoretically good, as a survey commissioned by the office service provider Regus and carried out by MarketingUK shows. It's a pity that people did not ask about working fathers - for men, children still do not seem to be a career obstacle.

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After all, by more than 10.000 executives from 78 countries, most of the employees who return from the maternity leave to the workplace seem convinced.

Facts and Figures

For example, 72 percent indicate that women who return to work as part-time workers after maternity leave are a valuable part of the entire workforce.

In addition, more than half (56 per cent) are convinced that working mothers have the experience and skills that are hard to find on the labor market.

Mothers are less demanding?

In the case of an answer, however, I took my shoes off: 57 percent appreciates employees who return to work after a pregnancy because they do not place high salary demands.

In Germany, however, the argument of lower salary claims was significantly less significant than the global average (40 percent). How calm ;-)

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Fewer mothers than last year

Nevertheless, the proportion of managers who want to hire mothers has declined by one-fifth compared with the previous year. The stakeholders were questioned about their intention to hire mothers, as well as the role of professional mothers in the workplace.

Last year, 44 percent of the companies involved in the survey were planning to hire more mothers. For 2011, on the other hand, this is only 36 percent, although overall employment prospects for the new year should improve on the back of expected economic growth. Even though 45 percent of participants around the world are planning new hires for 2011.

In Germany, this trend is even more pronounced: while 49 percent of companies plan to increase their workforce, they are only planning 33 percent to hire more mothers. In the previous year, it was still 48 percent.


A part of the employers still has concerns about hiring mothers. For example, 37 per cent fear that employed mothers may be less committed and flexible than other employees. A third of the interviewees worry that they could leave the company again shortly after the training, in order to get another child.

24 percent fear that the skills of returning mothers might no longer meet current requirements. In Germany, employers worried most because of the potentially limited flexibility (33 percent) of mothers and less on account of their abilities (17 percent).

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As I said, it would have been interesting to ask for the opinion of dads too!

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