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The #1 Secret to Recruiting & Retaining Working Moms

May 15th, 2012

As leading Charlottesville recruiters, Adams & Garth knows that most working moms have a lot to offer their employers. They’re incredibly loyal; great at multi-tasking and dealing with difficult people (hello, an unhappy client is nothing compared to a whiny toddler!); and have strong time management and organizational skills.

What’s not to like?

In addition, when it comes to working moms, you typically don’t have to worry about things like dressing inappropriately or attitude problems.

So how can you better recruit and retain this hardworking demographic? Despite what you might think, it’s not a huge salary or excellent benefits. It’s about offering a flexible work schedule.

In fact, according to a survey by TheLadders, over 40% of women who are moms or are soon-to-be moms, care most about having flexible hours, especially after returning to work from a maternity leave. Another important benefit to working moms was having the ability to telecommute. Surprisingly, on-site day care, longer maternity leaves, and paternity leave benefits were of least importance.

Finding the right flexible schedule to offer really depends on the employee and the type of work being done. With that said, here are some options:

  • Flextime – Allowing employees to work beyond the typical 9 am to 5 pm schedule, such as from 7 am to 3 pm or 8 am to 4 pm.
  • Compressed work weeks – Allowing employees to work four 10-hour days and have three days off, rather than the typical two-day weekend.
  • Job sharing – Allowing two employees to work part-time and complete the responsibilities associated with one job.
  • Part-time work – Allowing employees to work less than the normal 35-40 hour week.
  • Telecommuting – Allowing employees to work entirely or partly from home.

Need Help Recruiting & Retaining Top Employees?

If you do, let Adams & Garth know. As leading Charlottesville recruiters, we can give you access to top candidates that will hit the ground running at your firm. Contact Adams & Garth today to learn more.