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The 10 best ways to retain working mothers

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Worried that new mothers may not return to work following maternity leave? Increase the odds by building flexibility into your work culture. Offering options for when and where work gets done is one of the best ways to encourage women to come back—and stay—after they give birth, according to a Baylor University study of 179 new moms.

Here are the best ways to retain working moms, according to Baylor researchers:

1. Set policies that enable flexibility. Having control over her work schedule allows a new mom to respond to the unpredictable demands of an infant. A mom who can decide when to do her work is more likely to be able to tend to her assignments and her family in a way that satisfies both ends.

2. Minimize surprises. Unscheduled overtime and longer-than-expected days can unsettle a mom who has a baby at home. The Baylor University study concluded that job demands, such as mandatory overtime, lead to more turnover among...(register to read more)

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