Mother. It’s one of the best, hardest, most rewarding, challenging and unpredictable jobs a woman can have.
As we approach Mother’s Day in the U.S, I’m reminded of the immense happiness motherhood brings me. I’m also reminded of my own mother. As a child, I distinctly remember watching her getting ready for work. I remember what it stirred in me. In a word? Pride. My mother’s commitment to her career inspired me. I wanted a career I would be passionate about, and in turn, inspire my own children.
That’s why this Mother’s Day I’m appreciating working for a company where I can be a mother and a business professional in a role I truly love. I’m also reflecting on how critical the strides we’re making in workplace culture, policies, and programs are to better serve working mothers and parents.
In an industry made up of just 24% women, we can’t afford to miss out on the perspectives and innovation we unlock when we ensure our workplace mirrors the world in which we live. And considering our current cybersecurity talent shortage, an inclusive workplace is critical to bridging our workforce gap.
To encourage more women to bring (and keep!) their valuable and highly sought-after skills in the workplace, we can’t just talk a good game when it comes to championing inclusion and diversity; we have to walk the walk. Here are three ways McAfee is doing just that when it comes to supporting mothers:
Supporting You as Your Family Grows
Welcoming a child is an exciting time in your life. We want to help you take the time you need and to celebrate, bond, and adjust to new life with the newest addition to your family. Whether it’s offering extended leave with your new baby, providing the convenience of bringing your kids to the office or flexible working schedules, our parent initiatives recognize, celebrate, and accommodate your life’s big moments.
Offering Comfort and Convenience in the Workplace
Coming back to work after having a baby can be a big transition for many, which is why McAfee helps support mothers returning to the workplace after leave. For example, if you’re a nursing mother who travels throughout the U.S., we offer a Milk Stork delivery program to give you peace of mind and convenience to get your baby’s nourishment delivered in a safe and speedy manner.
In an ever-growing number of McAfee offices we offer Mother’s Rooms to provide a private and convenient way for mothers or mothers-to-be to enjoy a quiet and comfortable space while providing for their infant (and let’s be honest, sometimes that’s the only 20 minutes or so of quiet time a new working mother might have!). And for expecting or new mothers, Stork Parking provides reserved parking spaces. Fun fact: a pregnant woman’s lungs become increasingly compact as the baby grows which means getting from A to B is no longer a simple task. We recognize this at McAfee. We know that the small things count.
Reintroducing Mothers to the Workforce
We know careers aren’t always linear, and parents may choose to pause their careers to care for their families. McAfee’s Return to Workplace program taps into the potential of those who may have taken a career break with the support, guidance, and resources needed to successfully rejoin the workforce. This global initiative was launched in our Bangalore, Cork, and Plano offices last year. I’m proud to share 80 percent of program participants were offered a full-time position at McAfee.
Being a working mother is a strength. It only adds to the varying perspectives and experiences that drive innovative solutions. At McAfee, I’m so proud of the ways we’re recognizing and supporting mothers – and all of our team members – in being successful at home and at the workplace.
To learn more about the ways we support working mothers and our efforts to build an inclusive workplace where all can belong, read our first-ever Inclusion & Diversity Report.
Ready to join a company that helps you achieve your best at work and at home? We’re hiring.
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