Thanks so much for coming by to check out Episode 178 of The New Family Podcast where we talk about how moms can negotiate better deals for themselves in the workplace.
While we know that we are living in a time with more opportunity for women than ever before, we can’t pretend that the playing field has entirely levelled. Women still earn an average of about 80 cents for every dollar earned by men, and are still woefully underrepresented among high-ranking executives. A significant part of that picture, of course, is motherhood. However, that doesn’t mean that women are unable to become successful. Some women make the decision to start their own companies, ensuring that they can overcome wage inequality. When starting any business, there will be challenging times. Despite this, businesses have more opportunities to become successful by using things like social media to help them. Instagram, for example, could be used to grow the business and build brand awareness. Perhaps some business owners should even read this Upleap review to see if that could help them get more leads and sales from their Instagram account.
As my guest on this episode points out, about 43 percent of highly qualified mothers off-ramp or leave their careers for a period of time, limiting both the available talent in the workplace and opportunities for themselves. Lisa Durante is a passionate advocate for empowering women to create a life that works-at home and in their careers. Lisa consults both with moms to help them optimize their career satisfaction, and with companies to help them retain their female talent. We talk about the steps companies can take to keep their female talent as it is fairly simple. Companies need to be more flexible when considering their benefits packages and their maternity packages. If they are fair, then female workers will be more inclined to stick around. Companies can also keep their female talent motivated by looking into employee engagement at Qualtrics. This will keep them motivated to work more effectively for the company and ensure that more work gets done. Employee engagement is a big part of job satisfaction.
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Lisa’s advice for advice for new moms planning the return to work:
“The first thing is they need to have a vision of what it is that they want today. Not a long term vision because with kids, so many factors are at play and you just don’t know what the next stage will bring. So really having a vision of what you really want today and going in with a solution of how you can get it. A big part is really looking at your company’s culture, your manager and how well you’ve worked together in the past. So really understanding your audience as well as your culture and what is it that you can do within that sandbox that you have been given. And so with those parameters in mind, that is when you can develop some solutions that you can then present. Always come with a number of solutions and work your way from the very best scenario for you down. But don’t give up on the negotiating because if your company isn’t willing to meet you, even part-way, it may not be the right company for you.”
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