Close Close
Mother and Baby

Working Mums Are ‘Increasingly Vital To The UK Workforce’

Have you found that your multi-tasking skills have improved since you've become a mum? This is just one of the reasons why companies are recognising the increasingly significant role of working mothers in the workplace, according to new research from Microsoft Office 365.

The research was revealed at the firm’s Working Wonders Mums event in London yesterday and follows recent reports that major financial firms in The City are following a US trend to provide paid ‘returnship’ schemes for mothers to re-enter the workplace for a set period, with the possibility of a job at the end of it. It is hoped that this will increase the number of women in the upper echelons of the business world.
According to the research, almost three quarters (72 per cent) of bosses say working mums are vital to the UK workforce, with over half (57 per cent) claiming that they make better team players than women without kids.
Working mums admitted that their multi-tasking had improved since having kids (62 per cent), as well as time-management (46 per cent) and organisational skills (27 per cent).
What’s more, working mums showed improved teamwork (29 per cent) and empathy towards colleagues and clients (34 per cent).
Despite this, bosses admit that there are misconceptions when it comes to working mums, which are most likely to be that they require more time off than those women without children(30 per cent).
Digital technology – such as online banking, social media and email functionality is reportedly playing a major role in helping working mums manage their work/life balance. A third (37 per cent) said that it helped them work from home and 44 per cent use it to keep in touch with family and friends. A third (29 per cent) believed that it added an extra hour to their busy daily schedule.
Liz Earle, entrepreneur and mum-of-five said, ‘The research findings are indicative of changes I have personally seen in business over the last decade. Mothers work wonders both in the house and home as they become an increasingly important resource to all those around them.
‘I think businesses are becoming more accommodating for mothers, and new technologies are saving time and making our lives easier in all sorts of ways, from keeping in touch with colleagues and friends to finding out where the closest baby-changing room is.’
Do you think being a mum makes you a better employee? Let us know below!

Related content:


No comments have been made yet.

Subscribe to Mother&Baby!

Be the best mum you can be and let Mother & Baby guide you along the way. Each issue is jam packed with REAL advice from mums just like you. Subscribe today & get a free welcome gift!

Win £1,000 of Carpetright vouchers
Win £1,000-worth of Carpetright vouchers!

Create a fantasy world on your floor with your baby for your chance to win £1,000-worth of Carpetright vouchers!

Win an Abeille cellular blanket from Hippychick
Win an Abeille cellular blanket from Hippychick

Abeille Cellular Blankets, available fromHippychick, are delectably soft, made from 100% cotton and now available in six super-stylish colours. Click for your chance to win!

Win a year’s supply of Blueiron liquid iron supplement
Win a year’s supply of Blueiron liquid iron supplement

Blueiron is Scandinavia’s fastest-growing liquid iron supplement and has already helped thousands of women low in iron during pregnancy, breastfeeding and those with intense fitness regimes. Click for your chance to win!

Win a bumper box of Kiddylicious Super Snacks
Win a bumper box of Kiddylicious Super Snacks

Made from quinoa, lentils and chickpeas, and packed with vegetable protein, Kiddylicious Super Snacks help to keep your little ones whizzing about. Click for your chance to win!

Ovulation Calculator
Ovulation calculator

Trying for a baby? Work out when you're most fertile to increase your chances of getting pregnant with our easy-to-use ovulation calculator.

Pregnant woman
Due Date Calculator

When is your baby due? If you’re having trouble remembering dates and counting up the days on your fingers and toes, don’t worry – use our due date calculator.

Get M&B in your inbox!

Sign up to Mother&Baby today and get news and advice about your body and your baby straight to your inbox every week.