Preeti’s day typically starts with getting her 7-year-old child, Sahil, ready for school. She makes him breakfast, packs him lunch while simultaneously prepares herself mentally for the tasks waiting for her when she gets to her desk.
As soon as she drops him to the bus stop, she knows she’s already getting late for work. She rushes back home, gets ready and packs something to eat in her Shuttl commute. Like every day, she reaches at 9 am, checks her mail, and goes to attend the meeting.
“Being a working mother is quite challenging. Completing my morning household chores and reaching the office is a task in itself. And this is just the start of the day.”, exclaims Preeti.
An average workweek for an employee falls at 40-50 work hours. Add in grocery shopping, pediatrician meetings, sick kids, managing household and juggling schedules, and the average working mother works a whopping 98 hours per week, a recent study by Welch concluded.
Endless household chores along with a full-time job is an overwhelming part of a working mother’s life. This is where companies play an important role:
A women-friendly workplace ensures that a crucial aspect of life such as raising a baby isn’t a hindrance for talented and educated mothers, willing to advance in their career path.
Yamini Galhotra, HR Manager at Shuttl and a doting mother knows what all it takes to be a working mom and how an adequate work-life balance is the key to excel, both personally and professionally.
She also emphasizes on the fact that little things go a long way, like understanding the basic needs of a working mother:
“Flexible timings aids working mothers like me a lot in maintaining a healthy work-life balance. A good company understands the basic requirements of working mothers and lets them advance at a steady pace, giving them ample growth opportunities.”
Creating women-oriented working policies like flexible working hours and “work from home” enables mothers to function more productively.
What’s more important is it lets them be there for life’s big moments like a child’s birthday, his parent-teacher meetings or when he just needs his mother with him.
She says, “My biggest fear is not being there for my child when he needs me. Due to the work from home policy, I have never missed being there for him when he’s sick. It also allows me to take short breaks to visit the doctor with him. The relief I get is unexplainable.”
Access to safe and easy commute is another significant element that gives working mothers the time to sleep or relax leaving them energetic before they reach their home/office.
Shilpi, Manager- B2B Operations at Shuttl, is one such mum who finally finds relief in her Shuttl commute, where she sleeps her tiredness off:
“Being a sleep deprived mother, I can complete my sleep quota while travelling to work, in case of paucity of rest timings and also get ample time to think, analyze and prioritize my work while travelling back home.”
So dear mothers, we’ll never know how you finish your day job and then rush home to start your other, harder, more demanding job.
It is truly said that working mothers epitomize the term “there is no rest for the weary.” After all, they are the employees who don’t get any weekends off.
Today on the occasion of Mother’s Day, we thank you for doing the hardest job in the world and making it look so easy. Shuttl wishes every incredible mother out there, a very Happy Mother’s Day! We look up to you, after all, you are the “superheroes in disguise”.