The Return of the Stay-at-Home-Mom

Although 72 percent of mothers in the US work at least part time, the percentage of women in the workforce has been creeping downward. In 2005, the percentage of all working mothers hit an eight-year low. Several reasons, according to a variety of researchers:

  • Women are less likely than men to hold top management positions and have seniority. When jobs are cut, women feel it.

  • Stressed to the max moms have squeezed ever ounce out of career and family and find themselves working longer hours for less money.

  • They are not dropping out because of children--it's exhaustion.

  • What are employees doing are this?

  • A growing number are letting mothers telecommute or work more flexible hours

  • More companies are looking at childcare and elder care support programs for families.

What happens if companies don't respond: "Companies are estimating that it costs them about $80,000 in lost time and training and recruiting every time they lose a talented working mom," says Suzanne Riss, editor in chief of Working Mother magazine.


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