Tuesday, November 19, 2013

6 Mom Skills You Can Apply to the Workforce

Cleanliness
Cleanliness (Photo credit: felizberto - Emmanuel Avetta)

You already know that being a mom is a full-time job. You cook, you clean, you read stories and wipe runny noses, and you keep the household running smoothly. If you think that your mom skills don’t matter outside of the home, you’re wrong. Moms make excellent employees thanks to the skills they’ve honed by raising children and taking care of the home.

Cleanliness

Nobody wants to work with a slob. As a mom, you already know that lunch goes in the trash when you’re done and crumbs should not be left on the counter. You also know the best way to keep your monitor clean and your keyboard free of crumbs. Cleanliness is a valuable skill at any job, whether you’re a waitress, nurse, or office worker.

Organization

When you’re working hard to help customers and clients, it helps to know where everything is located. Moms usually don’t cram a bunch of pens, paper clips, and other random office supplies in a drawer. They organize their supplies, and they also organize their time. After years of planning and attending birthday parties, sporting events, and play dates, moms know exactly how to make sure that every deadline is met.  

Patience

Sometimes coworkers are annoying, but they’re nothing you can’t handle. After all, you have the impressive ability to ignore a full-blown toddler meltdown in the middle of a crowded store. Your moody boss doesn’t scare you one bit, and neither do rude customers.

Punctuality

Well-rounded children participate in all kinds of different activities, and you’re usually the one who makes sure they get there on time. Juggling commitments, especially if you have multiple children, makes you a master at punctuality. Your boss will love the fact that you’re never late for scheduled shifts and meetings.

Negotiation

“Lucy, you can only watch the new episode of iCarly if you eat all of your carrots”. Sound familiar? Moms know all about negotiating to get what they want and need. This skill will help you handle many different types of work-related issues, from demanding bosses to unhappy clients.

Management

When your application asked if you had any management experience, you considered checking “yes”. After all, you manage a house filled with kids and pets. You might even have a husband that runs all his decisions by you first. You call the shots, Mom, and there’s no reason why you can’t do the same at your job. Don’t be surprised if your boss promotes you fairly quickly. Moms have the skills needed to get the job done right – and make sure that others do the same.   


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