For most of us, the person we were in our workplace pre-parenthood and the person that we've evolved to post-parenthood aren't exactly the same. And that can be a really good thing — both for you and for your employer.
While the assumption may be that having children leads to distraction and a shift in priorities (and there may be some truth to that!), we're in favor of focusing on the positive. Whether you've been in the same job for 10 years or are looking to brush up your resume for your next gig, here are a few ways that parents can make the very best employees.
You've Got Stellar Time-Management Skills
Ever heard the phrase: "If you want something done, ask a busy person?" It's you! You're that busy person! No one knows how to juggle a schedule like a working parent with a lengthy to-do list. Those skills are inextricably linked to managing workplace responsibilities. And since your end-of-the-day goal is to get home to your family, you're especially incentivized to make it through the work day without wasting a second.
You're a Great Communicator
When you take on the role of parent, you also take on the role of being your child's advocate. Your ability to articulate has never been better. You're polished at getting your point across, don't think twice about picking up the phone with a question or request, and exude confidence.
You've Got No Time For Nonsense
While your colleagues may be plotting a happy hour or gossiping about workplace drama, you're there for one reason only — to do your job. Your singular focus will go a long way when it comes time for performance reviews.
You Can Make the Impossible Possible
When it comes to pushing for your kids, a strong parent doesn't take "no" for an answer. Once you've stood up for what you believe in on the home front, there's no reason you can't do the same at work.
You're an Empathetic Manager
And finally, entering parenthood inevitably increases your breadth of compassion for others. Transform the listening skills and empathy that you've honed as a mom or dad onto your colleagues.