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Working mums ‘likelier to stay on job if they have flexible schedule’

Women who return to work after giving birth are more likely to keep their jobs if they have more control over their work schedules and have job security as well as the ability to make use of a variety of their job skills,according to a new study.

Written by Agencies | Washington |
June 22, 2011 3:35:31 pm

Flexi-time is the need of the day for the working professionals,especially if you happen to be a female.

Women who return to work after giving birth are more likely to keep their jobs if they have more control over their work schedules and have job security as well as the ability to make use of a variety of their job skills,according to a new study.

Meanwhile,the impact of work-related stress on their physical and mental health causes greater turnover,the study found.

“Having a flexible schedule is an important element necessary to decrease working mom turnover because it can be used when work demands arise,” said Dawn S. Carlson,Ph.D.,study author,professor of management and H. R. Gibson Chair of Organizational Development at the Hankamer School of Business at Baylor University,Waco.

“When confronted by one or more job demands,a flexible schedule provides working moms with alternatives for meeting those demands while caring for their newborns,” she said.

When working moms are better able to control their work environment and adapt,work-related stress is less likely to become a family issue,” she added.

The transition back to work is pivotal for a new mother,and this study offers important insight into the understanding of how a job can either contribute to or detract from the mother’s decision to stay with her employer after she returns to work,said Carlson.

The study has been published online in the Journal of Applied Psychology.

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