When it comes to caring for the kids, keeping the house intact and any and all miscellaneous tasks, unfortunately, moms tend to pick up the family’s slack. This leads to burnout, mom guilt, and conversely, employers thinking moms have too much on their plates to focus on their careers. Let’s get one thing straight: Working moms don’t get enough credit. Fortunately, there are some managers who get it.
Case in point: Seth Morales, president and COO of Morales Group. Inc., in Indianapolis. When his young son went to the hospital for a minor procedure, Seth took a moment to appreciate all his wife does for their family.
“I’m sharing this because I want people to know it’s possible. You can be great at work and at home,” he said.
Seth pointed out that moms might not always work a traditional 9 to 5 schedule, but we complete our tasks, no matter what.
“Sacrifices need to be made before/after normal working hours,” he said. “The idea of working 40+ hours in the office isn’t realistic.”
“You’d be surprised at how productive my wife is from her smartphone while running errands,” he continued.
He’s right. Moms are often the ones who pick up little ones from school or take them to an appointment in the middle of the day, and we love that he mentioned how productive his wife is via her smartphone. While we can’t always be physically present at work, we’re damn sure working hard from wherever we are.
At the end of his post, he shares something that hits home for moms everywhere: “She constantly thinks she’s falling short with everything. Balancing life is messy and difficult. For all you working parents out there, please have grace for yourself. It’s a process.”
Seth’s post has garnered over 400 reactions and over 50 comments. LinkedIn users chimed in, sending his son well wishes and sharing stories of appreciation for the working moms in their lives.
“It is difficult to be a working parent. (Dads too!). Balance is absolutely the key. And an employer who understands that we can be a rock star even though we may need flexibility to care for our family,” said Shelly Applegate, a talent acquisition specialist from Indianapolis.
“’Balance’ is always a moving target, and there is no doubt your wife does her best and deserves all the grace possible,” Gregory D. Finch, a director of client services from Indianapolis, wrote.
“You’ve beautifully articulated how most working moms feel. Thanks for being an ally, Seth Morales, and getting it,” Rachel Pritz, a life coach from Indianapolis, wrote.
We love that Seth not only recognizes how productive his wife is, but also sees that she doesn’t always feel up to par. We hope more managers get the message and treat their working parent employees accordingly.