“Mums are high-performing, multi-tasking superwomen in the workplace – and they are also the same professional, skilled person that they were before having a child,” says Meseret Olsen, Executive Assistant to New Zealand King Salmon’s CEO and mother to an 18-month-old son.
With those sorts of superpowers, it’s no wonder that NZKS has a large number of mums working across the board, from the factories to offices to the hatchery.
With Mother’s Day coming up on Sunday, NZKS wanted to acknowledge our mums who juggle family and work, and do it all so well, by talking to four of our own supermums.
“Hiring mums is a fantastic idea,” says Takaka Hatchery Operator Kim Boaz, mother of five aged from 16 to 5, and another on the way.
“We have so many skills it’s incredible. We can multi-task like no other, have amazing patience and an ability to calm even the most hostile situation. We are caring, compassionate and exceptionally good listeners, and we work damn hard.”
Zoe Hann, mum of two and pregnant with the third, loves being a mum but also loves coming to work “and just being me”.
On her work days – she job-shares with Meseret – Zoe enjoys using her skills as an expert negotiator and problem solver.
For NZKS’s Corporate Marketing Manager Ally Hossain, working part time around her preschooler son is much more than just bringing in an income – it’s about his future too.
“(Mums) will approach big picture work by looking at the future for their own children and have high motivation. For example, at NZKS we are passionate about protecting our local environment, and any parent wants that for their children.”