The day that I become a mother, my career ceased to exist as I once knew it. My priorities changed. My needs changed.

On that day in 1999, I began the long, arduous  journey in search of the perfect work culture.

I’ll never forget the day I was pulled into my “new” CEO’s office for a conference. My son had been diagnosed with learning disabilities and I was in the process of shuttling him from neurologist to neurologist seeking answers. I was working 50 hours a week, in addition to tending to a toddler when our freshly appointed female executive director informed me that I would have to “step it up” because she expected more from her staff in the coming months.

She was essentially asking me to make a choice… my work or my family.

I chose my family.

As my career progressed, work culture and benefits became of critical importance to me and my family and to my overall well being. The culture of an organization affects everything and everyone that works in or is touched by it.

According to Working Mother Magazine, “Working moms who believe they have a career at a solid company are happier in almost every aspect of life—kids, marriage, friendships, spouses and the choice to work— than moms who say they’re working primarily for the paycheck. In fact, self-identified career moms say they also earn more money and more respect and have more confidence.”

When looking for a company to work with, be sure to seek out an employer  that offers the following:

  • Flex time
  • Comp time
  • Family insurance plans.
  • Minimum 2 weeks vacation.
  • Sick leave allowed to be taken to care for your children.
  • Flexible hours (day, night and 3rd shifts)
  • Child-care subsidies
  • Health and dental insurance
  • Disability & supplemental accident insurance
  • Competitive pay
  • Paid vacation, sick, and personal time
  • 401K Plan
  • Performance compensation plans
  • Education compensation packets
  • Incentive programs
As a working mother, it is critical for to select the a company that aligns with your priorities and has a culture that not only encourages professional success but also personal success as well.

This post was sponsored by Global Response a company that takes pride in empowering working mothers.  All opinions and commentary in this post are 100% my own.