According to the US Department of Labor's latest annual data, 70% of women with children under the age of 18 participate in the labor force, which has almost doubled since the 1970s. That means, a good number of your employees probably are or will be mothers; and yet we rarely see companies recognize them.
Sheryl Sandberg, who runs one of the most successful companies (Facebook), sits on 5 boards and has authored 2 best-selling books, said, "Being a mother is the most important—and most humbling—job I’ve ever had." We repeat: the most important job she's ever had.
If we care about our employees, what's important to them should also be important to us. But sadly, being a mother is often a thankless job--definitely no PTOs or pay raises. And no matter how far we go to celebrate our moms, they most likely deserve more. But here are a few ideas that might help say thanks:
HOST A CATERED BRUNCH AT YOUR OFFICE
Invite all the moms on your team to share a meal together in a beautiful setting--tables lined with flowers and placards for each mother. Keep costs low by catering from places like Tender Greens, ZeroCater, Corner Bakery or Panera Bread. If you have more time to plan, invite a private chef to come to your office and cook next Friday (5/12).
This is a great opportunity for employees from different teams to get acquainted with one another and talk about something other than work. It also builds a culture that recognizes and values working moms, since we love inclusive workplaces. You can sit with us.
" IT ALSO BUILDS A CULTURE THAT RECOGNIZES AND VALUES WORKING MOMS, SINCE WE LOVE INCLUSIVE WORKPLACES. "
SEND A GIFT TO THEIR HOME
They’ll never expect this and will definitely freak out when they receive it. There’s something about receiving a gift at home--where you’re most comfortable--that makes the experience especially sentimental. It doesn’t have to be extravagant, but it should be well-made and practical for a woman to use. Talk to one of our curators if you need unique gift ideas!
SURPRISE THEM WITH FLOWERS ON THEIR DESK
Fresh flowers always give life to an otherwise boring desk. You can DIY by purchasing flowers/planters in bulk from your local flower mart and arranging them. Or you can order airplants (that never really die) with customized planters that fit your company’s brand. Either way, you’ll make every mom’s day/weekend.
SEND A MOTHER’S DAY EMAIL
No time or money? This might be the most simple act, but it won’t go unnoticed. Make sure the email comes from your CEO, so your employees know that the company values them from the very top. The key is making the message meaningful and personal to your company values.
Let's use this age-old holiday as an opportunity to motivate and acknowledge the moms who spend 30-40+ hours working alongside us. Thanks to all the engineers, CEOs, designers, managers, coordinators, accountants, chefs, etc, etc, who are first and foremost moms. Happy (almost) Your Day.
Photos courtesy of Nathalie Cheng Photography, Vitruvi, Baggu, Blue Bottle Coffee and Sea & Asters.