According to new research by Regus, (read the article in The Vancouver Sun) only 31 percent of Canadian companies say they plan to hire more working mothers in 2011. That's down from 41 percent in the previous year.
The business owners that were surveyed revealed that they feel working moms may:
- show less commitment and flexibility than other employees (37 percent)
- leave shortly after training to have another child (33 percent)
- have outdated skills (24 percent)
Employers in Canada reported being particularly concerned about a working mother's flexibility (38 percent).
There's no doubt that mothers around Canada are feeling the pinch, many opting to stretch their entrepreneurial wings and starting their own businesses. That's why, starting with the Spring 2011 issue, urbanbaby & toddler is launches a new column called, "CEO Mom," written by business coach Felicia Lee. It's aimed at helping mothers at all stages of a new business, from concept to growth. Topics will include start-up, finances, identifying your big business idea, networking, resources, self-employment programs and more.
It all goes back to my own roots, when out of work and with a baby of just a few months, I found myself wondering what I should do. After some soul-searching, urbanbaby & toddler was born, and I've never looked back.
Do you have a fantastic business idea brewing in you?