So what changes do you need?
• The first step to do is to involve in open communication. The best person to tell you about the needs of a working mother is a working mother. Talk to your employee about her needs and consider making changes to accommodate them.
• Strengthen your company’s paid maternal leave policy. Pregnancy and childbirth is an essential transition for many parents and can often be emotionally draining. Allow your employee to adjust to the changes. This helps in job performance in the long run.
• Flexibility is the key. Technology has made it accessible for us to work from anywhere in the world. Allow your employee this benefit too. Setting up a work-from-home system for single or new mothers can go a long way in helping them cope.
• Do not expect her to work overtime. Not only do mothers have responsibilities back home, but they may also often be tired and sleep deprived. Prolonged overworking will reduce your employee’s output in the long run. It will also cause her work satisfaction to drop.
• Consider making the office child-friendly. This may be a long-term solution especially if you have several working mothers within the company. Open a small day-care unit within the office space. If this is not possible, a small play area may also help.
• Along with this, set aside a private room for women. This is useful for breastfeeding mothers to nurse their babies or to pump breastmilk. It can also be used by pregnant employees who need a place to rest for a few minutes.