New Moms Say Nine To Five No More

   By drodriguez  Aug 22, 2011

In the past, we have reported about the many proven health benefits (lower blood pressure, alertness, and sleep quality, just to name a few) that come from having a more flexible work schedule.

The working women’s site The Glass Hammer, reports on a new study that suggests that there are even more benefits of being able to make your own schedule at work. The Baylor University study shows that new moms are more likely to stay at their place of employment after giving birth if they have more control over their schedules.

Being a new mom comes with a lot of new responsibilities and working a standard 9 – 5 job can really get in the way of the multiple demands we face at home.

Marie Wilson, president of The White House Project, an organization with a focus on women in leadership positions, believes it may be some time until we see companies getting on board with offering more flexible work schedules. Despite all of the proof out there of the benefits of offering this type of schedule to both employee and employer, most companies are afraid of change and ultimately revenue loss.

But Wilson also believes that with men becoming more hands-on at home and the recent rise of stay-at-home dads we might see change a little sooner than we think. Wilson says, “Cultural and social changes happen very slowly and we’re at a time in history where men are making major shifts. They want to be engaged fathers, so they’re taking the responsibility of being the primary caregivers to their children or they’re refusing to take jobs that don’t offer flexibility. I’m assuming that more companies are going to get on board with workplace flexibility because now it’s a problem that affects men and a majority of leaders are men – and we take them very seriously.”

Would you benefit from a more flexible schedule?

Tell us about how you balance being a mom with your work schedule!

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Femimommy by Femimommy | San Bernardino, CA
Aug 23, 2011

I would definitely benefit! Luckily I am a manager so I can come in an hour late and make it up an hour later, or on a Sat. But I'm crossing my fingers that one day I will have even more flexibility, but it will probably mean going out on my own!

AnnSheSpeaks by AnnSheSpeaks | Maplewood, NJ
Aug 23, 2011

This article speaks to me - one of the reasons I can love my job as much as I do is the flexibility it offers me! I feel very fortunate.

BridgetO by BridgetO | NORMALVILLE, PA
Aug 22, 2011

As a mother of 2 that are only 14 months apart going back to work was a huge challange. When my 2nd child was born she had a tremendous amount of health problems and had weekly visit to our local Childrens Hospital for testing. By 8 months old she had already had 2 surgeries and we didn't know what the future held in terms of more surgeries. Fast foward 9 1/2 years and she is a healthy 10 year old but going back to work full time or even part time is still out of the question. Who will put them on the bus..who will get them off the bus. Homework..sports..activities. So do I work and miss out on this. Is it even financially worth going back...gas..sitter ?? Maybe I'll just be a stay at home mom and then in the very distant furture I'll be a stay at home grandma

sehittie by sehittie | Spencerville, IN
Aug 22, 2011

I would definitely go back to work f/t if I had flexibility with my schedule. Right now working as a p/t preschool teacher is the best scenario for our family schedule.

didama by didama | MAPLEWOOD, NJ
Aug 22, 2011

Grt to see a focus on this.