Gillian Franklin, the Managing Director of Australia’s largest cosmetic company, The Heat Group, says when making hiring decisions, businesses should consider the highly developed skill sets of working mothers, including multi-tasking, people management, collaboration, and delegation.
The Heat Group is the exclusive Australian distributor of Max Factor, COVERGIRL, Bourjois, essence and Jeanne Arthes fragrances, the official licensee of Warner Bros. personal care, and the owner and distributor of ulta3, Billie Goat Soap and MUD.
A recent survey by The Heat Group found that almost 70% of working mothers believed that the skills they have developed as a mother have made them better at their jobs.
This survey also revealed that 13.4% of mums believe they have developed the capability of managing others effectively through having to deal with their children in their home lives.
“Mums are the ultimate multi-taskers often at times having to do three things at once just to keep up with the household tasks they have at hand,” said Gillian Franklin. “This high degree of multi-tasking has made them capable of churning through work tasks more efficiently.”
“This skill has served mothers well in the workforce where assertiveness and decisiveness come in extremely handy. I witness this every day with our Heat mums who are highly productive, have excellent time management skills and are focussed,” said Gillian.
“Mums often have to run their households with military-like precision. Having dinner on the table at specific times, running to schedule with sports pick-ups and ensuring the laundry is done so that the family has clean clothes. Women have to pre-empt situations and plan their family lives, even to the minutest detail. This in my view reinforces the argument that we should be doing whatever is possible to encourage and support more mums in their return to work.”
“This augurs extremely well for women in the workplace particularly when strategy and planning is an integral part of their workday.”