A Maternity Benefit that matters: home cleanings

September 21, 2022

Before the pandemic doing chores for new moms was already a burden: now, it is unbearable, especially with the work-from-home model being thrown into the equation. Studies have shown that a clean environment is fundamental for good mental health and that women are predominantly in charge of domestic work.

They are burnt out, exhausted, unable to perform well at work, and resent their partners. What if there was an easy fix for this scenario?

A Maternity Benefit that actually makes a difference

Many tech companies are known for offering different and fun benefits. Anything and everything from free food at their headquarters to massages, acupuncture, and, of course, fun and games. In fact, Silicon Valley started the trend of offering more than basic health care to its employees. It was a way to attract talent showing they were different from other companies and that they cared about their teams’ well-being.

Cut to 2022, the Great Resignation, and a post-pandemic world that accelerated years' worth of digital progress in a matter of months. Perks at the headquarters don’t seem to matter much, considering employees barely go to the office. They are choosing to resign instead of going back to it. People want the balance working from home grants them, and companies struggle to keep top talent.

In a world where professionals value the flexibility and freedom of working from home but often suffer from the chore build-up, what could be better than home cleaning as an employee benefit? What if that employee was a woman going on maternity leave?

Imagine being pregnant, having to deal with all hormonal and body changes, the pressure of becoming a mother, plus still being expected to be a productive employee, loving partner, and keep your affairs and home in order while being a sane person.

It seems impossible, doesn’t it?

And yet studies have proven that humans are more productive in a clean, organized environment. How can a new mom possibly have the time to clean the house with a newborn in her arms? While being sleep deprived?  The Princeton Neuroscience Institute conducted a study and found that “The clutter also limits your brain’s ability to process information. Clutter makes you distracted and unable to process information as well as you do in an uncluttered, organized, and serene environment.”

‍So basically, being a new mom and being sleep deprived has a toll on your mental health; then you can clean up your house, then the cluttered environment negatively affects your mental health. It’s a lose-lose scenario.

But it doesn’t have to be.

Offering home cleaning services as a maternity benefit is a straightforward answer to this issue. It takes care of something always lurking in the back of the new moms’ minds during the day: the dishes in the sink, the bathroom needs to be cleaned, the whole house is a mess!

It takes off some of the stress, boosts employee morale and productivity, takes care of mothers during such a critical time of their lives, and can even be tax advantageous for the company, incredibly remote employees.

TIDY can set up an easily accessible and manageable system for your company to start offering home cleaning services as a benefit today. Talk to one of our experts now!

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