Moms in Demand: Multi-Tasking is HOT!

Who would have thought that mothers who stay home raising their family would be considered a red hot commodity? Trend or not, more and more companies, especially small businesses, are finding that moms who go back to work are excellent producers, thanks to their ability to multi-task.

The other benefit in recruiting moms is loyalty. Companies are finding that if working moms have to leave the office to pick up the children for one reason or another, the employee is very much likely to more than make up for her time off.

Take a look at the statistics. Based on information provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of working mothers with children under three years of age increased almost 10 percent during the 1990s, and during the 1980s, the number rose 47 percent.

Job-seeking moms are hard to find, because so many of them are already have jobs. Nearly two-thirds of all U.S. mothers with children have jobs today. The demand is high - low unemployment and the flexibility offered to working mothers seems to be more than enough to lure them into the workplace.

In addition to flex-time jobs, many employers are offering job-sharing situations to working moms. Job-sharing employees coordinate their personal and work schedules to meet deadlines, both at work and at home. "We have a lot of incentive to get the jobs done on time: to keep our schedules the way they are," says one job-sharer in San Diego.

Moms aren't the only ones who find job-sharing an attractive alternative to a traditional work schedule. As our society ages, more middle-aged members of the workforce find themselves needing to care for elderly relatives - that places a scheduling burden on those workers. Flex-time and job-sharing may become the norm rather than the exception in tomorrow's workplace.

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