Parenthood motivates productivity of employees, new report shows

by Time Doctor
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The path of parenthood frequently intersects with the workplace, offering a distinct mix of opportunities and challenges. It might seem like an uphill battle for many people to balance the demands of a profession with the obligations of caregiving. Becoming a parent may be both a personal and professional superpower. According to a recent study, encouraging parents to work can result in more devoted, driven, and productive workers.

The struggle of balancing parenthood and work

Working parents were not receiving enough support. The path was fraught with difficulties, from the absence of policies regarding maternity leave to the lack of flexibility upon returning to work. Numerous parents encounter such challenges, underscoring a structural problem in numerous organizations.

The Fifth Trimester and Vivvi report findings

The Fifth Trimester and Vivvi are two organizations dedicated to enabling corporations to support and keep caregivers on staff. Their most recent study, “The R.O.I. of Caregiving Benefits,” explores how family-friendly laws affect employees’ happiness and productivity. The paper provides an engaging overview of the advantages companies and employees experience when caregiving needs are addressed through surveys and case studies.

Key findings

The statistics speak volumes:

  • 9 out of 10 respondents prioritize ongoing childcare subsidies over immediate cash bonuses.
  • 57% of employees would take on higher-level work if provided with backup or subsidized childcare.
  • Only 22% of respondents feel “very welcome” expressing their identity as caregivers at work.

The power of supportive policies

The report highlights the transformative effect of supportive policies on employee performance. Flexible work arrangements have enabled individuals to excel professionally while balancing their caregiving responsibilities. From adjusting work hours to accommodating family commitments, companies are setting a precedent for nurturing a supportive workplace culture.

Navigating workplace challenges

Yet, despite the progress, challenges persist. A mere fraction of respondents feel their current benefits adequately address their identity as caregivers. The departure of millions of mothers from the workforce post-pandemic underscores the urgency of addressing these issues.

Advocating for change

Leslie Forde, CEO of Moms Hierarchy of Needs, emphasizes advocating for caregiver-friendly policies within organizations. Whether through Employee Resource Groups or informal collaborations, employees have the power to effect change from within. By presenting compelling arguments backed by research, individuals can negotiate for the support they need to thrive both personally and professionally.


When properly supported, parenthood is a driver for growth rather than an impediment to productivity. As workers, we have the power to demand better treatment and the duty to promote inclusive work environments. Advocating for policies that are caregiver-friendly not only improves our own health but also helps our organizations succeed and last. Thus, let’s make the most of motherhood and open the door to a more just and satisfying workplace for everybody.

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