How can employers help working moms? (Survey)

by cv harquail on November 13, 2011

Would you like to share your opinions, insights, and concerns about how employers can support their female employees while these employees pursue their commitment to being great mothers?


My colleague Elise Jones is conducting a study looking at factors that influence whether mothers and prospective mothers take advantage of employer-provided work/life support programs, and what impact those programs have.

Anyone who is or has been in the workplace while pregnant, mothering a child under age 18, or undergoing fertility treatments or seeking adoption is invited to take the online survey at Results will be used to develop a set of tools to help employers seeking to support mothers in the workplace.

The survey takes 15-20 minutes to complete. It asks about what work/life supports participants have used and why, the impact of these programs, and perceptions of people who use work/life supports.

All qualifying participants will be entered to win a $25 gift card. The survey will be open through November 23rd. Any questions can be addressed to

If you’ve got a little bit of time (we know you have insights) scoot on over and help a working mom out…

here’s the survey:


JBLV November 14, 2011 at 2:49 pm

Did it. The question process is a bit awkward, and I did have to spend a few minutes trying to figure out some of the questions.

Should be working November 14, 2011 at 4:36 pm

I don’t have a ‘traditional’ office or 9-5 job, so the answer options weren’t mostly suitable for my situation. I gave up after a few pages.

WestMom November 14, 2011 at 9:39 pm

I’d love to help, but the survey is based on a single job/single pregnancy situation. I was not able to get further than the first page bc my work situation was different for all pregnancies (from quite generous, to self-employed getting nada).

Calif Mom November 14, 2011 at 10:36 pm

exactly my experience… would like to help but this was too hard. Wow, that sounds lame. Sorry! I had very different experience with each kid. And I now have telework, technically, but you can’t actually use it because of office culture. So how does one log that?

BusyMom November 17, 2011 at 2:29 pm

I had the same experience with the survey. I’ve been self-employed for the past 10 years precisely to grant myself such flexibility as part-time work, summers off, telecommuting whenever possible. I went through the complete survey, but made a note of my situation in my comments. In essence, the fact that my employer (me!) offers this flexibility ensures that I will remain with said employer until kids are in college :-)

I answered the pregnancy questions based on my employer while I was pregnant.

JJ Host Mom November 14, 2011 at 10:38 pm

Tried to do it but there’s no universe in which I have 20 minutes of leisure time, unfortunately. A 5-min survey of the essentials would have been better.

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