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Why moms make great employees
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Mothers are some of the hardest working employees in the office, but they often get overlooked. - photo by Erin Stewart
I honestly dont know how moms who work full time do it. Juggling work deadlines and the mayhem of running a house while trying to find quality time to spend with your children would be enough to drive any sane woman crazy.

But somehow, they do it. And they often do it while their male and childless counterparts at work look on with judgment and condescension.

So I loved an article this week by the president of an Internet startup company expressing her regret for the way she used to treat working moms. Katharine Zaleski recalls how she silently judged working mothers for not being able to stay late or join the team for drinks, often overlooking that those working mothers had been there long before her in the morning and they would be there bright and early the next morning instead of nursing a hangover.

Zaleski writes in Fortune magazine, For mothers in the workplace, its death by a thousand cuts and sometimes its other women holding the knives. I didnt realize this or how horrible Id been until five years later, when I gave birth to a daughter of my own.

The great thing about her article is that she admits her error and says she now realizes that working mothers are some of the best employees around because they have zero time to waste, know how to multitask like nobody else and are able to think outside the box to get projects done.

Zaleski is now CEO of PowerToFly, a company dedicated to matching highly skilled women with jobs they can do from home.

I only work part time from my home, but I have to say my productivity levels have skyrocketed since I became a mother. The fact is I have a set amount of time to work and I dont waste a second of it. I budget my time wisely and I never miss a deadline because I know how lucky I am to be able to have flexible work that I love while raising children.

I have been fortunate enough to find employers who let me work from home, saving me wasted commute time and allowing me to be the mother I want to be while also keeping my fingers and toes in the workforce.

We should commend the efforts of all mothers those who work outside the home, those who are able to work from home and those who do great work inside the home without outside employment.

I hope more employers can see the benefit of flexing their traditional ideas of the workplace to make room for women who want to work and be mothers. It isnt an act of charity; it is tapping into a hardworking pool of employees who know how to get things done.