The Anti-Mum Bias: Could SmartWorking Be The Solution?
We often hear from Mums – stay at home or working – sharing their challenges in trying to strike the balance between family life and work life. Many, unfortunately, experience an anti-mom bias – a concept that we would like to see end.
We took a look at Refinery29‘s latest article featuring real Mum’s stories and found Sophia Petrov’s provoking story:
“When my oldest child was one-and-a-half, and I was pregnant with my second child, I politely asked if I could work from home every Friday or every other Friday,” Petrov, who works in public relations in California. She explained that much of her work was done on the computer and meetings were often held over the phone, so she thought the arrangement would be manageable — particularly since Petrov had a two-hour daily commute and her managers had work-from-home (WFH) arrangements. “However, my boss refused, saying that she didn’t care about my ‘life issues,’ and if she let me work from home even occasionally, then she’d have to make the same accommodations for the junior employees who were in their early 20s, single and child-free and living a few blocks away from the office in the city.”
These kinds of prejudicial behaviours are part of a larger workplace community. Working mothers can feel discriminated against by being passed over for promotions or denied compensation. Rescheduling a meeting is suddenly a big deal. The double standard of workplace scheduling is particularly worrying as more and more workplaces adopt Work From Home (WFH) policies or other methods of flexible scheduling. When it comes to working moms, scheduling still feels like a trap and this ought to change.
The resistance of many employers to be more accommodating to their employees with children is frustrating and is not helped by the rising cost of childcare. A recent study from the University of British Columbia found that working mums often match the same potential of women without kids, but only if they have a certain degree of flexibility in their jobs. And yet, for so many professional mothers, vying for workplace flexibility while trying to advance their careers is a losing game.
We want to help women tackle these challenges head-on to ensure they reach their full potential. By matching individuals with job vacancies based on skills rather than gender, our anonymous jobs matching platform makes sure you will be recognsied for the skills you possess. In turn, companies who hire employees through our site will be able to offer flexible, hybrid or remote working opportunities. Anti-Mom Bias be gone!
The Future of Work is here.