How Workplaces Can Create Conducive Environments for Moms

Workplaces Creating Conducive Environments for Moms

Workplaces are extremely important when it comes to advocating for healthy systems for parents. Different research results show that workplaces that have conducive environments for moms or parents have seen an increase in productivity. Their employees have been more efficient and effective on the job. This signals that workplaces have to strive to create environments that are deemed conducive by parents.

In this post, we will look at ways that workplaces can be more accommodating to moms specifically. These is to make sure that moms have a perfected work-life balance and increase their productivity. We are still in Stories of Our World week in the #WinterABC2022.

These are things I wish were accessible to me currently, unfortunately they are not. I can only wish that we can advocate to both the public and private sectors to improve their policies for new moms. Here are the recommendations:

Creating Conducive and Healthy Environments at the Workplace

You must know that a lot of people spend most of their active time at work. Creating healthy environments for them allows them to be comfortable as they work. More so for new moms, they are already battling the working-mom guilt. Having to leave their new born babies at home for long hours. Making sure that they have a healthy space and are at peace is crucial.

1. Lactating Rooms

One of the things I wish my office offered were lactating rooms. I work in a company that is male dominated, actually in our office, out of 35 employees, 5 are women. When it was time to go back to work, I stressed so much about how I was going to be able to pump breastmilk for my baby.

One the first day back, it proved impossible to pump. There was no space in our office that I could go to and have a pumping session. Unless I went outside and found a hiding spot, but even then, I had nowhere to store it to make sure it got home in good condition.

It is important that organizations create lactating spaces for moms. These spaces can be used to breastfeed or just pump. They need to have storage spaces where moms can keep the milk. That way, moms can be at peace when pumping or breastfeeding. They do not have to be insecure or leave work early just to feed their babies.

At the same time, you allow them to not have engorged breasts often. This helps their health because engorged breasts often result in body aches and fevers. Employees who are moms would be more healthier for both their jobs and their families.

2. Baby Care Center

Another thing that has been on the rise in workplaces is setting up designated on-site baby care centers. On-site baby care centers remove the cost of child care for new parents. It also allows them to enhance their bonding with the new addition to their family. These are also perfect for new moms who have to come back to work early. They are still able to see their babies during their break time.

Having babies at work also lightens the mood of your employees. Suddenly, they all become free childcaring volunteers which can help lessen their work stress.

Having a consultant on site to be a baby-carer shows your existing employees that you care about both their booming families and careers. That allows retention and an increase in productivity.

3. Leave Flexibility

I will be honest, three months maternity leave is not ENOUGH! I’ll speak as someone who has undergone a c-section, we require six weeks to heal. From the ten weeks set by law, we only really have four weeks to properly bond with our babies. This is not enough time for moms and the babies.

Again, to be honest, three months is just not enough. Have you seen how babies look at three months? Who decided that is enough for them to be on their own? The only reason I was okay with going to work after three months was because I knew my mom was stepping in as Evan’s caretaker. Other than that, I was ready to quit my job to be with my child full time.

This is not just a plea with company policymakers, but also governmental policymakers to really scrutinize some of these. Women should at least have six months off from work before they have to go back to work. They need to properly wean their babies, this is one way of encouraging a healthy lifestyle of both mother and child.

4. Flexibility

The last problem I will highlight is the lack of flexibility offered to new moms as they re-integrate into the organization. A lot of managers will expect new parents to take leave and then come back and perform like they did before. They are expected to work from eight to five.

Workplaces should be more flexible during this time. Other than communicating with new moms towards the end of their leave to get up-to-date, managers should also be open to re-train. If possible, offer moms a chance to work flexible hours such as 8-12, then continuously adjust the time.

You do not want them to feel rushed, you ought to make the process seamless and not stressful.

What are your thoughts? Share them in the comment section below, let us get the conversation going.

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