Outside the workplace, we all use Mother’s Day to reflect on and express gratitude for what our mothers, and mother figures have done for us. Flowers, chocolates, and hand-drawn cards from children can be standard at home, but the day is largely ignored in the workplace. As Mother’s Day approaches, businesses have an opportunity to give recognition and appreciation to the sacrifices and dedication that mothers make both at work and home.
According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics: 53.4 percent of Aussie mums are working, and 6.7 percent of working mothers are likely to be self-employed. If work and family responsibilities are combined, the average working mum works around 98 hours a week. According to research, working mothers thrive in an atmosphere that encourages both personal and professional development.
So, if you have working mothers in your business Mother’s Day is a fantastic opportunity for you to make her feel appreciated for her efforts. Here are a few ideas for how to go about it:
- Tell her what an outstanding job she is doing as a mother and an employee. Simple recognition that you appreciate the hard work goes a long way
- Send a group e-mail to all of your team’s working Mums on Mother’s Day, letting them know you are thinking about them
- Offer them something they can use on a daily basis. Hampers and snack boxes, or handy desk accessories to make their day at work more comfortable, like foot rests or some added back support
- Organise a ‘Mum-centric’ event. Give all the Mums in your office a break from their everyday responsibilities and throw them a party or a meditation class for a bit of relax time
- Host an off-duty potluck. Give them a break by doing the food preparation for them
No matter how you celebrate this Mother’s Day, the most important thing is to show some recognition, appreciation, and care. Even small gestures of gratitude go a long way. #happymothersday