The Women’s Bureau of the U.S. Department of Labor calculates that 58.6 percent of women 16 years and older work outside the home. They currently comprise 47 percent of the total U.S. labor force—and that number is growing. Yet in this age of digital technology, business adheres to labor recruitment and operational practices that haven’t changed in a century—you know, before computers.
With the dotcom crash in 1997 followed by Great Recession of 2008, employers across every sector focused on running lean, efficient operations and hiring part-time workers to avoid the heavy labor costs of full-time employees. Over the same time, many businesses evolved from specific hours of operation to operating 24/7. Think Uber and Amazon.
Of course, some things haven’t changed. They won’t change. Two of those things concerns biology: women have babies and women assume the bulk of responsibility for caring for children. This fact, perforce, affects half the population and results in the notorious “second job,” the glass ceiling, and other obstacles that conflict with modern society’s false promise that a woman can “have it all.”
Every mother knows that parenthood requires sacrifice.
As a woman, a widow, a single mother, and an owner of multiple companies, I intimately understand that the inefficiencies of conventional business practice do not fit the modern-day economy. I learned this truth from both sides of the business equation. I found it difficult to find and hire great staff. I searched job sites and other platforms to find those special candidates. My partner watched me suffer through the process and said, “You know mothers are the most underutilized asset in the world.”
We put one realization with another: the need for a skilled workforce available on a flexible basis and the need to run an efficient business operation. That led to the inevitable question: How can we meet these two needs without sacrificing quality?
The answer: mothers.
Mothers bring tremendous flexibility to the modern economy. They have experience, skill, and dedication. Especially as businesses not only go digital, but also global, employers don’t necessarily need a person sitting at a desk for 40 hours a week. They need people all the time, and a parent who adapts her schedule to nap times and school hours can devote bursts of excellence rather than sustained, mechanical attention.
But how could we find them? Who were they? Was it necessary that they sacrifice their families or their careers? Could they find balance? How could we bring employers and candidates together in a practical manner that rewarded both?
The answers to those questions lay in the unconventional. Newly pregnant women, mothers of young children, and stay-at-home dads wonder how parenthood fits with their career aspirations and their drive to contribute to the household economy. How does a parent fit feedings, naps, meal preparation, and extracurricular activities in with the obligation and need to support a family—especially when business all too often regards children as an expensive hobby? How does a parent find balance between raising the next generation and fulfilling her own ambitions?
If necessity is the mother of invention, then MotherWorks is the innovation business needs to bring legitimate employment and good workers together.
The task lies in bringing this underutilized and underappreciated workforce to the employers who need them. As business wakes up to the value that this vast labor force offers, MotherWorks identifies legitimate employment opportunities to mothers—and underutilized and underappreciated resource—that make the best advantage of their skills and availability.
MotherWorks has compiled a dynamic list of jobs across the USA to help stay-at-home parents search, sort, and find jobs and careers that match their needs. The list changes constantly as positions fill and new opportunities open. We know your value, and many companies have begun to recognize mothers as a vast, underutilized asset. Our purpose is to bring mothers and those companies together to form great partnerships for mutual benefit.
MotherWorks balances the needs of parents with the needs of business. Fulfill your career aspirations. Hire smart, skilled workers.