1. Understand the needs of the working Mum
2. Come to an arrangement, where they clearly know your expectations
3. Assign a workload that meets both yours and their needs, but also doesn’t necessary put a Mum under undue pressure around key times of their day i.e. don’t go book a meeting at 08:00 in the morning or 15:00 in the afternoon when the school run is on!
4. Take advantage of technology to enable your teams to work collaboratively
5. Don’t put part time working mothers directly in the front line and in highly demanding client situations nearing times when they need to be with their families, none of us need this pressure!
6. When they are needed in the office and have a child care issue let them bring the kids into the office, or go to them!
7. Plan ahead give both of you plenty of notice of key events – from important business meetings that you do need them involved in, through to half term dates!
8. Don’t under estimate the need for human interaction - Mum’s want to be in work for a few hours a day in the company with other adults! They want to be intellectually stretched and challenged and they get this from proper social adult interaction in the workplace
9. Talk to them – things change over time!