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Let me tell you why a mother is the perfect employee

Let me tell you why a mother is the perfect employee


by Dominique McMullan
27th Mar 2024

The last few weeks have been a lot. I’ve had two sick babies (conjunctivitis followed swiftly by tummy bugs), and a very busy month at work. There have been late nights working, and early morning wakings. I am a working mum, this is nothing new.

Let me tell you why a mother is the perfect employee. We are adept at negotiations; masters at keeping our cool under pressure; we have huge empathy; we won’t waste any time (because we have none to waste), and we are motivated to achieve. We are able to muti-task under pressure, we can source anything you need at the drop of a hat, we can manage complicated multi-person schedules, problem solve and solution anything you throw at us, and we probably have first-hand first aid experience too.

This month two friends came to me, one because her place of work refuses to be flexible, and it may mean her having to leave her job. The other came to me in tears because despite being a two income household, they are struggling to pay exorbitant creche bills. These women – brilliant, ambitious, hard-working women – just want to work and provide for their families but are being denied the opportunity.

Despite the recent budget announcements, we are still not doing enough to support working parents. According to a recent study by confused.com analysing OECD data, the Republic of Ireland has the worst public family policy, scoring just 1.05/10. We were the second-worst when it came to spending on both education (2.3%), early education, and care (0.3%).

On the flip side, Norway (it’s always Norway isn’t it?) spends 4.8% of its GDP on education, second only to Israel, with other benefits including free healthcare and access to public schools and higher education.

Things are changing, yes. The one thing we can always rely on in this world is constant and ever present change. But it’s important to remember that this is not, by any means, enough. More is needed.

So let me tell you reading this now, that you are not alone. You are not imagining it. You are not being supported in the way that you deserve.

This article was originally published in October 2022.