This week Inc. Magazine released the results of its annual Inc. 500|5000 list and Mom Corps was ranked one of the 5,000 fastest-growing private companies in the country. We find ourselves among companies that represent positive growth in the U.S. economy having created 370,592 jobs over the last three years. Certainly a good place to be.
This is our inaugural year on the Inc. list and we are thrilled with the accomplishment and honor. Our work placing professionals in flexible work arrangements with organizations of a progressive mindset continues to gain momentum as the U.S. workforce shifts. Changing cultural and sociological attitudes are increasing the demand and necessity for workplace flexibility, and as a result, we as a franchise system are experiencing substantial growth in our business.
The Inc. 500|5000 list is filled organizations doing some amazing things within their industries and for the U.S. economy at large. And if there ever was a time to think of the greater good, this is it. I’m proud of what we are able to offer our client partners as well as job seekers who might not otherwise find work. Talk about a fulfilling enterprise.
Here are details on the ranking: Mom Corps earned a ranking of 1,564 on the list posting a 176 percent increase in revenue from 2007 to 2010. Additionally, we are listed as 135th out of 593 in our industry segment of Business Products & Services. Comments welcome!
There are many talented moms out there actively seeking to re-enter the paid workforce or gearing up to do so in the future. As experts in flexible staffing, Mom Corps team members are often asked about crucial skills for today’s workplace. In our monthly blog series, Career Confidential, we share smart strategies for career re-launchers.
Despite a challenging economy, "flexible work options" continues to be a hot topic of discussion amongst professionals currently managing a busy career and those who may be considering a return to work after taking a break to manage family demands. In fact, Mom Corps and Harris Interactive recently conducted a survey among working adults that showed that 3 in 5 working adults agree that flexibility is one of the most important factors they consider when looking for a new job or deciding which companies would be ideal employers.
So what about you? Are flexible work options what you want and are you willing to ask for them? Perhaps you are seeking part-time hours, some hours working from home, or a condensed work week, but are afraid of broaching the topic with you boss or future boss. Mom Corps CEO, Allison O'Kelly, has some great advice on how to tackle this hurdle in your career. She recently shared her expertise in workplace flexibility in an article that you can download below, but here are a few excerpts from the article.
How do you know if flexible work options are something that makes sense for you? Here are two key points to consider when determining the right path:
- What flexible work scenario best fits your particular work environment and responsibilities?
- How do I approach my manager about work alternatives?
First, identify what your job and work environment will comfortable allow you to do. The Family and Work Institute defines "workplace flexibility" as enabling employees to exercise some measure of control over when, where and how much they work. By their definition, workplace flexibility must "work" for the employee and the employer, rather than just one or the other.
There is no one-size-fits-all approach-- that would assume everybody has the same life, the same familial responsibilities, the same work preferences, the same productivity levels, etc. Instead be thoughtful about why you want or need to incorporate a flexible aspect to your work day. Will it give you two extra hours with your kids by not having to commute? Are the cost savings significant especially given rising fuel costs? Will a few hours of focused quiet time outside an active work environment allow you to be more productive?
Then, shift your focus and think about what is a workable arrangement for your organization, your team and your specific role.
Click here to download entire article in PDF format .
Would you rather get a good night’s sleep or have “mind-blowing sex”? According to a recent survey of over 26,000 moms by The TODAY Show and Parenting.com, over half of women would choose the beauty sleep! In the survey’s brutally honest results, Moms reveal some of their deepest secrets… the kind you wouldn’t admit at a play date. The confessions ranged from things moms do—like sending your child to school sick, almost half have done this—to things moms think—like wishing they could be 15 pounds thinner rather than adding 15 points to their child’s IQ, 44% of moms admitted to this secret desire.
By far the biggest take-away from the survey was moms’ admissions of feeling alone and overwhelmed by the pressures of parenting. But if so many moms are feeling overwhelmed we’re really not alone, it’s just a matter of bringing these most private thoughts to the surface and admitting to ourselves that parenting isn’t always easy. With more working moms than ever before, it’s especially important to be open and honest about the pressures, and the joys, of juggling the roles of wife, mother and career woman.
||And what better way to start a dialogue about the experiences of “doing it all” than through social media, where you can talk to moms all over the country! Maid Brigade and Mom Corps are teaming up to host a LIVE CHAT streaming on Facebook to do just that. Join a group of working women and mothers, including Mom Corp’s COO Maria Goldsholl, as they talk about their own work/life balance…and how you can improve yours!
Click here for more information and to register today!
Name: Nancy Moreira Williams
Location: Warwick, RI
Family: Husband - Mark and 2 year old son, Christopher
Education: Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration, Concentration - Accounting, Master of Science Degree in Criminology, CPA License
Summary of your professional experience: I've worked in public accounting since graduating college, starting at the Staff accountant level and working my way up to Audit Supervisor. I've also worked in the private sector as an Accounting Manager for a local detention facility and as a Controller, managing 5 companies.
Why did you turn to Mom Corps? I turned to Mom Corps to find flexibility!! I do currently have a full time job, but with the birth of my son, I really wanted to branch out and find more flexible work arrangements.
If there was anything exceptional about your experience with Mom Corps? In working with Mom Corps, especially with Jennifer Bainbridge, President, Mom Corps Washington D.C., I really appreciated her understanding of being a mom and the need for flexibility. I value the professionalism, consideration and opportunities that Mom Corps has to offer!
New Job: I am currently working in a contract position as a Financial Analyst with Redstones, LLC located in VA. It is a virtual job where I can work from home and around my current full time work schedule. I normally put in between 5-12 hours a week depending on the project involved. Being a contractual position, I may be working hard some weeks and not at all other weeks, which works best for me right now in my work/life balance.
How has having a flexible job through Mom Corps affected your work-life balance? Mom Corps has really been a blessing in disguise for me. I am so grateful to have found them and hope to be able to transition someday into an overall work from home position. I love the flexibility of working on a project after my son has gone to bed and being able to log in and work from "virtually" anywhere. Mom Corps has allowed me to network and establish business relationships from my little state of RI to VA without ever leaving my home. That is truly amazing!! Thank you Mom Corps.
What is your go-to stress reliever? Chasing after my son and hearing him laugh...and of course, a glass of wine from time to time!
How would you describe your overall experience? I am so grateful for the opportunities that Mom Corps has to offer! Any chance that I get, I am referring other moms to check them out.