Our goal is to provide information, ideas and support for working women who are also full-time mothers.

Friday, September 15, 2006

Benefits that would be very nice!

While I do appreciate the typical benefits offered by my company (health ins., dental ins., holidays, vacation, personal time, 401K, disability pay, flexible spending plans and supplemental life insurance) I do wish I had the option of flex time and / or telecommuting.

As a working mother these type of options would mean the world to me. Because I work 30 + minutes from home and because I occasionally travel for business it would be so nice to be able to do some of my work from home. That extra hour per day of driving really adds up and makes the day seem very long. I feel that as a salaried employee I should be trusted to do my job from home. I can do it from the road when I travel, right?

Many companies treat employees like they are important and valuable and some treat employees like they are lucky to have a job. I’m not sure where my company falls, but I often lean toward the latter.

RM

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Employee Benefits All Working Moms Should Have

Sure, there's your basic vacation days and healthcare. But what we also need can be summed up in one word: FLEXIBILITY. Employers out there need to realize that by allowing a working mom to be more flexible, they will make her a happier and more productive employee. At my company, I've seen more than one working mom quit to get more time with her family. And who can blame them? And dads can use flexibility too! I'd love to hear about companies that are embracing telecommuting, job sharing, flexible schedules, etc. I really hope it's the wave of the future.

What Benefits Are Most Important To Me

Because my husband's company pays 100% of his healthcare, medical benefits are not an issue for me. We get all ours from his.

The benefit that is most important to me is flexible working hours and being able to work from home 1/2 day/week. I work at home Monday PM and have Friday PM off because I make up the hours during the week. This allows reduced childcare expenses and allows me more time with my boys. This has a lot of benefit in my book.

In the past, I've also used the tuition reimbursement. This allowed me to complete my MBA online which I'd have never been able to afford otherwise. It was a tremendous learning experience for me that I really treasure.

As a fellow working mom, I encourage you to take advantage of any benefits that you are offered like flexible spending accounts, tuition reimbursement, 401K. These are not fringe benefits, they are part of your total compensation and if you don't use them, you are not getting for full compensation for your work.

Here are some helpful articles:
Five Work/Life Benefits We All Should Have: And How to Get Them
Creating A Flexible Schedule
Moms Rising

Monday, September 11, 2006

Employee Benefits and the Working Mom

One of the main reasons I work is for the benefit package. My DH (dear husband!) is self-employed so my job brings the benefits to my family. Healthcare is a major part of that package...especially now that I am a mother. The health insurance package has been a budget saver through a high-risk pregnancy, a complicated birth, and his infancy. Other benefits that are important are paid time off for sick leave and personal leave. I'm also able to work from home as needed and that flexibility is very helpful on those days when my son is sick and I can't find back-up childcare.

Comment here and on our bulletin board about what benefits are important to you as a working mom!