January 25, 2015
The best organizations...are those with emphatic cultures and managers who are able to step outside themselves and walk in someone else's shoes. -Dev Patnaik author of Wired to Care: How Companies Prosper When They Create Widespread EmpathyWhile I am not yet a manager, I do work with them on a regular basis and part of my job is helping them to be the most effective leaders they can be. Before having my baby I probably would have had to rely on a Google search to find "managing working mothers best practices". But now that I know what it's like to walk in a mother's shoes, if asked, I can offer suggestions based on experience. I know what it feels like to leave my baby behind and return to work after maternity leave. I feel like some companies, managers and even women have the opinion that babies get in the way of women's professional career. I would argue that having my baby has helped me gain empathy for other working new mothers that will in turn help me become a more empathetic and caring co-worker and possibly one day manager. It feels like such a career accomplishment that I feel like I should write it on my resume, so that employers will see that I have a valuable life experience that can help an organization become a place where new mothers want to return and do their best work. Being a new mom has provided me with not only an adorable baby, but also the ability to relate on a maternal level to a significant portion of the work force. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Employment Characteristics of Families Summary, The labor force participation rate of mothers with infants was 57.3% percent in 2013. But what about the managers and employees who have never been a new mom? How can they understand and support the women on their teams who return from maternity leave? It's not rocket science, but its not necessarily easy either. Which is why I wanted to share my experience of returning to work after having my first baby. Not every employee is going to be open and honest about the emotional roller coaster they are on when they return to work, but I believe so completely that it is important for employees to understand what new mothers are going through that I decided to share my own experience. Being a new mom is messy I used to get up every morning shower, do my hair and put on makeup. Most of the time I looked put together. I would curse if I dribbled toothpaste on my shirt. Now spit up has almost become a wardrobe accessory. There are days when I can go until noon before I realize its there. I shower at night and have to "do" my hair the night before as well because there isn't enough time in the day anymore. By the end of the day it is likely that I will have circles on my shirt where I have leaked milk through my bra. I now wear a cardigan (thank God they are back in style) so that I have a cover-up for my ever leaking boobs. Most days I don’t look the part of professional badass, but it's okay because most days my daughter is dressed in the cutest clothes, has coordinating headbands and looks freaking adorable!
October 08, 2021
September 21, 2021
By now, you probably know that we grow the majority of our syrup ingredients on our 10-acre family farm, in Buckley, WA - and whatever we can’t grow is sourced from other ethical growers. But what does that mean? Sourcing is our most challenging and rewarding aspect of our business, and it’s complex.