Four-in-Ten Working Moms Would Take a Pay Cut to Spend More Time with Their Kids,'s Annual Mother's Day Survey Finds
-Chief Sales Officer and Mother of Three Offers Tips for Negotiating a More Flexible Work Schedule and Gaining Work/Life Balance-

As busy moms across the nation celebrate their special day on May 13, many are wishing they could have more quality time with their families year 'round. One-in-four working moms (25 percent) say they are dissatisfied with their work/life balance, according to a new survey of 1,124 women, employed full-time, with children under the age of 18 living at home. Forty-four percent say they would take a pay cut if it meant they could spend more time with their kids and nearly one- in-ten (9 percent) say they would give up ten percent or more of their salary. Of working moms who are not the sole financial provider, nearly half (49 percent) say they would leave their job if their spouse or significant other made enough money for the family to live comfortably.

While moms continue to burn the midnight oil for work, many miss quality time with their children. Thirty-two percent of working moms say they spend less than three hours per day with their children. Nearly a quarter (23 percent) report they have missed three or more significant events in their child's life in the last year. More than a third (35 percent) have missed 2 or more.

Moms feel, even when they are home, work is often keeping them from family time. Thirty-one percent of working moms report bringing work home at least once a week and 17 percent at least three times per week. More than a quarter (28 percent) say their job is negatively impacting the relationship they have with their children.

"Career moms should keep in mind that compensation isn't the only thing that is negotiable," said Mary Delaney, chief sales officer at and mother of three. "As companies face a shrinking pool of qualified labor, retaining top talent has become a key business objective and companies are reshaping their policies. From mother's rooms to flexible work schedules to job sharing to onsite daycare, company-wide initiatives to accommodate and even encourage employees to balance work and family life are becoming commonplace."

According to the survey, nearly four-in-ten working moms say their companies offer flexible work arrangements. Of those who have taken advantage of these arrangements, the vast majority (65 percent) say it has not negatively impacted their career progress.

  Delaney recommends the following tips for managing the balancing act:

  Selling Your Boss on a More Flexible Work Schedule
  1. Have a game plan - your recommendation should be presented as a well
     thought out strategy that demonstrates how you will be more productive
     in a flexible work situation. Come with a plan already laid out and
     show your boss you have thought through the process.
  2. Ease into it - Often companies implement new programs and strategies in
     stages - in order to make your plan more palatable to your boss,
     consider a plan that will gradually work up to your goal.
  3. Be prepared and practiced - Anticipate questions/concerns your boss may
     raise and determine in advance how you will address those concerns.
     Also, be prepared to negotiate. If your boss isn't prepared to accept
     the entire proposal, are there other, smaller actions that will
     alleviate the pressure.

  Achieving Work/Life Balance
  1. Have a date night - its long been said quality over quantity. Schedule
     dates and special activities with each of your kids. This allows you to
     start traditions, create fond memories and will remind your kids how
     important they are to you.
  2. Keep one calendar - unfortunately it's often easier to cancel on your
     child than on a potential client. Scheduling business and family
     obligations on the same calendar will lessen your chances of forgetting
     a personal commitment when you're planning work activities. It will
     also help you avoid over-scheduling and alert you if your commitments
     are unbalanced.
  3. Leave the building - when you go on vacation, go on vacation. When you
     have a day off take a day off. Many working moms feel they will lose a
     competitive edge if they ever truly leave the office at the office. But
     when you focus on other things and come back refreshed you will deliver
     a better work product.

  Survey Methodology

This survey was conducted online by Harris Interactive on behalf of among 1124 Mothers with a child under the age of 18 living in their household (Mothers are age 18+ within the United States, employed full-time; not self employed; with no involvement in hiring decisions) between February 15 and March 6, 2007. Figures for age, sex, race/ethnicity, education, region and household income were weighted where necessary to bring them into line with their actual proportions in the population. Propensity score weighting was also used to adjust for respondents' propensity to be online.

With a pure probability sample of 1124 one could say with a ninety-five percent probability that the overall results have a sampling error of +/- 2.9 percentage points. Sampling error for data from subsamples is higher and varies. However that does not take other sources of error into account. This online survey is not based on a probability sample and therefore no theoretical sampling error can be calculated.

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