How could your boss make the career/life juggle easier?
Last week I was invited to give the keynote speech at an NHS Return to Practice conference. It was thought-provoking and empowering to be in a room with brilliant professionals sharing a multitude of experiences of going back to work after a break to have children.
Sometimes, even when the logistics seem impossible and you have no idea how you’re going to balance everything, just knowing that you’re not alone can make it all seem just that little bit more achievable.
The opportunity to attend this kind of event and benefit from this kind of invaluable support, solidarity and insight at such a crucial time is one that I believe everyone should have access to. I and so many others did not, and it would have made so much difference.
As part of my mission to help a million mums to regain confidence and feel the way they deserve to about themselves, I’m working with companies to integrate these events into the return phase for employees so they go back feeling supported and heard. I’m also consulting with them to implement simple strategies and best practice so they can become a more desirable place to work.
This approach makes the situation work for everyone, and ensures that from the top down companies have a good grasp of the challenges parents face when combining their career with a family, which leads to greater empathy and better treatment. In turn, retention rates spike and performance goes up. It’s not rocket science, but it can be life-changing for parents and can improve profitability significantly.