May 8, 2012 5:30 am
In addition to flexible working hours and extensive time off, working mothers ranked the scenarios as follows: ability to work from home (29 percent), convenient working hours (20 percent), on-site day care (2 percent), and generous paternity leave (0 percent). The female professionals surveyed are in the following industries: construction, education, engineering, finance, human resources, law, marketing, medical/science, operations, real estate, sales and technology.
TheLadders Mother's Day survey also revealed the following:
- The number-one reason respondents returned to work is for "financial reasons," although resuming employment because they "enjoy their career" is a close second. Needing benefits (health/child care) and just wanting to "get out of the house" were less motivating rationale.
- When asked how having a child impacts the way that working mothers feel they are regarded by coworkers, almost half (42 percent) felt their colleagues are "supportive and understanding," while 18 percent believe that others "behaved the same." Almost a quarter (24 percent) said their coworkers are "supportive, but don't understand my situation" and a frustrated 16 percent said their teammates are "resentful of my competing priorities or schedule."
- Balancing a career and a family is a huge struggle for 87 percent of respondents with 55 percent admitting that "excelling at both is overwhelming," 13 percent "struggled at first, but now it's under control," 16 percent "always put family first and work has suffered for it," and 3 percent "always put work first and family has suffered for it."
Published with permission from RISMedia.