What Makes Mom More Likely to Go Back to Work? Photo: Shutterstock / The Bump
It can be tough to choose whether to go back to work after baby -- there are so many factors that go into the decision. And a new study suggests the two that are most crucial: flexible hours and job security. For the study, conducted at Baylor University, researchers surveyed 179 full-time mothers who were at least 31 years old, at 4, 8 and 12 months postpartum. They found that choosing whether to work depended most on the mom’s having greater control over their work schedules and also knowing that their employment wasn’t at risk. Of course, we don’t think we needed a study to tell us that. Doesn’t it totally make sense that moms who have the flexibility to spend time with their families and believe their bosses aren’t itching to fire them are going to be more motivated to stick with their jobs?
Did you choose to stay home with baby or go back to work? What was your deciding factor?
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