Working mothers fundamental for economic development

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But flexibility is vital that women are not forced to leave employment

 

Montevideo, March 8, 2013:?How do firms to professional women returning to the workforce after postnatal? Introduction of more flexibility, childcare nearest greater use of video conferencing technology and greater division of labor, are all viable solutions noted American entrepreneurs in the latest survey from Regus, which included more than 26,000 businesses in over 90 countries . Since the authorities recognize that increased participation of women in the workforce is vital to promote and sustain growth, the tide of professional women still find that the burden of caring for children forced to leave employment after are generated postnatal needs.

The return of mothers is not only vital for economic development, but at the enterprise level, respondents stated that hire returning mothers helps improve productivity, probably because it reduces the costs of training and recruitment. This result confirms the previous Regus survey that revealed that 56% of companies worldwide value returning mothers with part-time day, since they have skills and experience that are hard to find in the market current, and that 72% believe that companies that ignore the mothers who return to work part time, they lose an important and valuable in the labor supply.?[1]

Interestingly, more vacation days that were far less popular chosen by respondents as a key measure to help women return to work after being mothers, emphasizing that radical changes are needed in work habits, more that additional rest days.

Key results and statistics

 

  • Workers report that fundamental measures to encourage women to return to work after the postnatal are:
    • Flexible work schedules (93%)
    • Option to work closer to home (92%)
    • Daycare close to work (85%)
    • The option of videoconferencing instead of traveling, at least for a while (79%)
    • Distribution of work (65%)
  • Only 50% of respondents believe that more vacation days is the solution for most working mothers return to employment.
  • However, 57% believe that hiring women returning to work can improve productivity.

 

Bernardo Fernandini, Regional Director, Regus comments, “There is a strong case for greater inclusion of mothers returning to the workforce: higher GDP,?[2]?growth, reducing the lack of skills and the fight against poverty are just some of the benefits. Even at the enterprise level, the benefits of reintegrating after postnatal women are many: access to trained and skilled workers, lower staff turnover and even greater productivity, as revealed by the survey. However, the labor force continues to lose talented and skilled workers with key skills and qualifications, as women find that the burden of caring for children can not be reconciled with working life. Particularly in Mexico, men spend less than a third of the time spent by women in unpaid work such as childcare.?[3]

“But this latest survey reveals that employers overwhelmingly identified the most flexibility in terms of working hours and location as the solution for most women to return to work after postnatal. As work habits evolve, in general, in favor of greater flexibility, this study suggests that changes in work practices are particularly necessary for mothers returning because otherwise it impeded the contribution of these to the company and the economy. ”

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