Lifestyle | Career: Advice for Working Moms

Lifestyle | Career: Advice for Working Moms

Published November 12, 2007

Posted Nov. 12, 2007 -- As a parent, you know the difficulty in juggling soccer practices, doctor’s appointments, ballet recitals and parent-teacher conferences – all while trying to maintain your career. For some parents, especially moms, the battle for a work/life balance just isn’t worth the fight.

Forty-four percent of working moms say they'd take a pay cut if it meant they could spend more time with their kids, according to a new survey of 1,124 women, employed full-time, with children under the age of 18 living at home. Nearly one-in-ten say they would give up 10 percent or more of their salary. Of working moms who are not the sole financial provider, nearly half (49 percent) say they would leave their job if their spouse or significant other made enough money for the family to live comfortably.

Career moms should keep in mind that compensation isn't the only thing that is negotiable - you can (and should) negotiate your schedule as well.

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Have a game plan
Your recommendation should be presented as a well thought out strategy that demonstrates how you'll be more productive in a flexible work situation. Come with a plan already laid out and show your boss you have thought through the process.

Ease into it
Often companies implement new programs and strategies in stages - in order to make your plan more palatable to your boss, consider a plan that will gradually work up to your goal.

Be prepared and practiced
Anticipate questions/concerns your boss may raise and determine in advance how you will address these concerns. Also, be prepared to negotiate.

Follow these tips for managing the work/life balancing act:

Have a date night
It's long been said quality over quantity. Schedule dates and special activities with each of your kids. This allows you to start traditions, create fond memories and will remind your kids how important they are to you.

Keep one calendar
Unfortunately, it's often easier to cancel on your child than on a potential client. Scheduling business and family obligations on the same calendar will lessen your chances of forgetting a personal commitment when you're planning work activities. It will also help you avoid over-scheduling and alert you if your commitments are unbalanced.

Leave the building
When you go on vacation, go on vacation. When you have a day off, take a day off. Many working moms feel they will lose a competitive edge if they ever truly leave the office at the office. But when you focus on other things and come back refreshed you will deliver a better work product.

Written by BET-Staff


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