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72% Of U.S. Companies Don't Want Working Moms

A new Regus survey out today has bad news for working moms. Or Moms who would like to work, as the case may be in this economic climate.

Regus asked employers about their plans to hire working moms in 2011 and only 28% of U.S. companies surveyed said they plan to hire working mothers this year. This means a whopping 72% of U.S. companies aren't keen on hiring working moms right now. Last year, 46% of U.S. companies surveyed were willing to take a chance on Moms.

The short list of gripes against working moms are exactly the ones you'd expect. A full 37% of companies surveyed this year said working moms are less committed and less flexible. Another 33% said they train working moms only to have them leave the job when another baby comes along. Almost one-quarter (24%) said working moms tend to have rusty skills.

Says Sande Golgart, regional vice president for Regus: "With a record 6.4 million women without work in November 2010-11 coupled with our survey data, it's clear that business owners still view hiring working mothers as a gamble in uncertain economic times."

I think employer attitudes will change, however, as soon as the economy picks up and they have to get off their piles of cash and start hiring again. In the meantime, staffing will stay lean as employers squeeze every ounce of productivity out of remaining employees. Moms who want to work again should keep up their skills by staying on top of trends in their industry; taking a class at the local community college; blogging; networking here and there; and keeping a toe in the work waters through occasional freelance projects and contract work.

Or they can say "to hell with it" and start their own small businesses that fit their terms and conditions. Just think: No one at the office will balk when Mom has to leave early to take little Johnny to the pediatrician. Well, no one except for little Johnny, who isn't looking forward to his latest vaccination series. Self-employment does have its benefits.

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