A recent Regus survey revealed that hiring returning mothers after their maternity helps improve productivity, possibly through lowered training and hiring costs.

Respondents said that these post-maternity women could be reinducted into the workforce through introduction of greater flexibility, near-site day-care facilities, increased use of video-conferencing technology and more job-sharing.

The report said that the results were consistent with a previous research that revealed 56 per cent of businesses globally value part-time returning mothers as they offer skills and experience which may be difficult to find in the current pool of workers available. The report also highlighted that more flexibility in the workplace was a pivotal factor in getting post-maternity mothers back to work, with changes in the work habit necessary instead of merely additional days of rest.

John Henderson, Regional Director of Regus Asia-Pacific said that there was a strong case for greater inclusion of returning mothers in the workforce, which included increased gross domestic product, sustained growth, bridging the skills gap and fighting poverty.

Additionally, the workforce continues to lose skilled workers who possess key skills and qualifications owing to women finding the new burden of childcare not able to be integrated and reconciled with working life, John added.

“As working habits globally evolve in favour of greater flexibility, this research suggests that changes in working practices are particularly urgent for returning mothers whose contribution to the business and the economy is otherwise hampered,” he said.