In the first post in this three-part series, I explore the Circumstances for Moms Rising (working and returning to work after bearing a child or children). In the second post, I explored how Moms Create Value in the workplace and marketplace. In this post, I’ll outline some Tips for Flourishing for moms returning to work.
Tips for Flourishing
Here are a few tips for bridging the two worlds as you return to work:
- Be open and explicit: Recognize how you are feeling (physically and emotionally) and what you are thinking, and don’t try to hide it. While there is no need for excuses, don’t deny what is going on for you. You have highly tuned senses as a new mom, and these sense can pick up things going on in the workplace that others may not sense or acknowledge. You can bring great value to yourself and others if you express what is going on with you and what you observe around you. You have a fresh perspective!
- Find your rhythm: Don’t assume that you are wrong if you need to slow down or take a break, or get a change of scenery. The rhythm of motherhood may turn out to be more productive and healthier than the rhythm of the office – for getting the work of the business done, and done well!
- Build a support team: Find allies at work and outside of the workplace, who you can go to if you need support of any sort. And don’t hesitate to ask for support. The same way the tremendous generosity that is inherent in being a mom fuels you, giving others the opportunity to be generous to you can fuel them – giving them energy and purpose. And, of course, you will happily return the favor someday.
I appreciate all you do, celebrate the power of moms and encourage you to bring the wisdom of motherhood into the workplace.
Jeff Klein is CEO of Working for Good, a company that activates, produces and facilitates mission-based, Stakeholder Engagement Marketing™ campaigns and Conscious Culture development programs. Jeff is a trustee and member of the executive committee of Conscious Capitalism, Inc. and authored the award-winning book, Working for Good: Making a Difference While Making a Living. He is producing Being Human 2012, on March 24, 2012 in San Francisco.
Jeff contributed a piece entitled “Growing Together – A Father’s Story” in Ordinary Men, Extraordinary Lives: Defining Moments – Men’s Anthology