This Sunday is Mother’s Day, the one day a year we are supposed to celebrate Mom and thank her for everything she does to make our lives easier, safer, healthier and, overall, more enjoyable. That is what my mom did for me for more than 40 years and saying “thank you” was definitely worth doing more than once a year.

As a working mother, I am very appreciative of my employer’s emphasis on creating an environment where work-life balance is not a buzzword, or a bad word. Instead, it is part of our culture. PeopleStrategy’s executive team believes in treating adults like, well, adults. Crazy, I know. I consider this to be the greatest benefit my employer offers because it allows me to be a mom when I need to be and to not miss those once-in-a-lifetime events like watching my son dissect a shark or watching my daughter perform at the county chorus competition. Those are my “thank you” moments and they mean more to me than any card or gift I might receive this Mother’s Day.

But work-life balance is more than just allowing people to work flexible hours or telecommute when necessary. It is more than having a PTO plan or, in our case, a Discretionary Time Off (DTO) plan where taking time when you need to is encouraged and not deducted from a set number of days. It means providing your employees with the tools and resources they need to perform their jobs effectively and to maximize productivity.

In today’s technologically advanced world, there are many solutions available to not only increase efficiency and productivity but also to foster a better work-life balance. There are some that even provide this capability across the entire organization. Yes, I am referring to human capital management (HCM) solutions and, yes, I went from celebrating Mother’s Day to pitching HCM!

While it might be a bit of a stretch using moms to make my sales pitch, the advantages a comprehensive HCM solution provide to an organization are far-reaching and too significant to ignore (and thanks to Cloud technology, virtually any size organization can afford it). The amount of time HR, payroll and benefits administrators can save by automating administrative processes is time that could be spent focusing on more strategic, company-wide initiatives, or possibly escaping the office to catch a child’s sporting event, play or recital. Which brings us back to work-life balance (see, there is a tie-in).

But the benefits aren’t restricted to the individuals working with HR or payroll, they extend to all employees through self-service and mobile access to their employee, payroll and benefits data. And through online (meaning easier and faster) onboarding, benefits enrollment and performance processes. All of this makes for a happier, more satisfied, more well-balanced employee.

So while you are celebrating the Mom in your life this Sunday, don’t forget about the moms that make up your organization and consider giving them the gift that will keep on giving. Check out this brief video or learn more at