The Key to a Successful Tech Career
Career Development Adaptive office conditions that cater to working moms have led to optimal results.
Working women have a lot to do.
As career women, we have all found ourselves wishing we had more time. Whether meeting a deadline or organizing emails, finding 10 minutes to unload the dishwasher or remembering to take our vitamins – it seems like no matter how much we get done, there is always so much more to do. But the problem isn’t that we don’t have enough time – it’s that we give ourselves too much to do.
Changing up how we work
In 2016, the Bureau of Labor Statistics found 70 percent of working women had children under 18. There is a large number of working women who must dedicate more time to being at home with their kids. Chores need to be caught up on, sick kids need to be taken care of.
According to Huffington Post writer Margarita Hakobyan, if we have jobs that let us telecommute, we should. This lets us delegate our time as we see fit – like taking an hour for work and a half hour for chores. A 2014 study by PGi found that of their workers who telecommuted, 80 percent reported higher morale, 82 percent said it helped lower their stress levels and 69 percent reported lower levels of absenteeism.
“A successful work-life balance isn’t about being able to “do it all.””
Higher retention rates among companies are possible, and it starts with prioritizing employees who are mothers. Only 16 percent of United States employers offer fully-paid maternity leave, and Patagonia is one of them. Patagonia, an American clothing company, maintains a 100 percent retention rate of all the mothers who work there. They achieve this by going out of their way to make these female employees’ lives easier. From an on-site child care center, to 12 weeks paid leave to attend to sick family members, Patagonia has its employees covered. In comparison with other companies, Patagonia sees many of its female employees climb successfully up the career ladder, with 50 percent of its managers and senior leaders being women.
“Having it all”
We jump at every project that comes our way because we want to prove our dedication. But this isn’t realistic, no matter how talented we are. A successful work-life balance isn’t about being able to “do it all.”
It’s okay to turn down a project, it’s okay to miss the PTA meeting, and it’s okay if you forget to take your vitamins. Finish what you have committed to first. Then, if you find an hour of relaxation time you didn’t anticipate, sit back and enjoy.