One piece of advice for maternity leave

by Nov 6, 2015Dear Dorothy, Networking

Working Mum

 taking maternity leave

Hi DorothyI am just about to go on maternity leave to have my first child and wondered what you consider to be the best single piece of advice to give professional expectant mothers.  Nathalie,

Hello Nathalie – thanks for your mail. You didn’t say where you are based, how much maternity leave you are entitled to or intend to take, if there is maternity cover in your absence,  your seniority or even what field you are in.

All those factors can all make huge differences. So only one single piece if advice for maternity leave is a tough one!

However the first and most important thing which goes without saying  (but I’ll say it anyway and not count it,  because it’s so obvious and a given) is to enjoy and take care of your baby and yourself. It is a magical time.

So from a professional point of view,  it would depend I think on the length of time you are away  from the workplace and your seniority in your organisation and how easy it is to cover your function. If you are only away for 3 months it will be very different than if you are going to be absent for a year.

If you need help at any time during you maternity leave – contact 3Plus!

Helicopter connecting

If I had to pick only one thing to focus on for an across the board generic tip as advice for maternity leave, I would suggest it would be to stay connected professionally to your colleagues and boss and what is going on generally in your field. This is just to keep an eye on critical activity in a business neutral, helicopter way.

For the time being, this is no longer your day job, so I’m not suggesting that you feel pressurised to work from home unless you want and have arranged to. It’s all a fine balance and perception of what  “helicopter connecting” actually is, will vary from one person to another. It will also depend on where your job function lies operationally. So whether you are senior and critical to the day to day activities of your organisation or whether your workload is easily reassigned, it shows you care about your career, your work and your colleagues.

Have a fabulous time with your baby and good luck!

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This is just one opinion –  what would you say?

Dorothy Dalton Administrator
Dorothy Dalton is CEO of 3Plus International. A specialist in diversity and bias conscious executive search, she supports organizations to achieve business success via gender balance, diversity and inclusion. She is CIPD qualified, and a certified coach and trainer including digital learning.
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