Only 31 per cent of Canadian firms plan to hire more working mothers in 2011, compared to 41 per cent one year ago, according to a global survey of more than 10,000 business respondents.
Globally, 36 per cent of companies plan to hire working mothers in 2011, found the survey by workplace solutions provider Regus.
Business owners surveyed responded they felt working mothers may:
• show less commitment and flexibility than other employees (37 per cent)
• leave shortly after training to have another child (33 per cent)
• have out-dated skills (24 per cent).
In Canada, employers were particularly concerned about a working mother's flexibility (38 per cent) but much less worried about out-of-date skills (16 per cent).
"As hiring and retention become bigger focuses in 2011, savvy business owners will find that they are able to attract top talent and provide a more family-friendly and productive work environment simply by allowing employees to work flexible hours or from remote offices closer to home. These types of benefits improve morale and productivity across the board, cultivating a stronger, more motivated workforce," said Wes Lenci, regional vice-president for Canada at Regus.
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