Guest Post – Making a Mumback

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A brilliant guest blog post by Camilla Hill on returning to work post maternity leave… On Monday I will return to work following my second maternity leave. I would love to breeze through the doors looking confident and stylish, swinging an empty briefcase ready to get stuck straight back in while the team greet me with a standing ovation, a sigh of relief and a welcome back cappuccino. In reality though I am nervous, lack confidence and have zero to … Read More

Claire’s return to work story: part 2

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I detailed some of my thoughts about my return to work over a year ago and, my, how time has flown. When Lifebulb asked me to write the sequel, it seemed like a useful exercise in taking stock. I’m pleased to report that the tone of the rest of this post is positive and, I hope, reassuring to those starting the journey back into their former career or a new one after a break to look after children. It has … Read More

Pregnancy discrimination – can anything be done?

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A report by the Equality Commission has today revealed that around 54,000 women a year may face discrimination at work due to pregnancy. It’s a scary statistic but one that at least 50% of the population won’t be surprised about. The website Pregnantthenscrewed has been flooded with stories from women sharing their experiences, ask around any toddler group and you will hear plenty more. The really blatant cases that you read about in the news and then the inherent discrimination … Read More

Bryony’s Story

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Guilt.  Massive, crippling, womb-aching guilt.  It’s what being a Mum is all about.  That, and having to drag the Weetabix out of your hair and check you’ve remembered to put your knickers on before you tumble – invariably late – out of the door in the morning. Scrap that.  It’s the hallmark of a working Mum.  Note the absence of the word ‘parent’ here.  My husband somehow manages to rise gloriously late from a bed that I will then make, … Read More

Why it’s well worth ‘Keeping In Touch’

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Legally you are entitled to up to 10 keep in touch or KIT days whilst on maternity or adoption leave without bringing your leave to an end. Some employers are great at encouraging and supporting you in taking up this option, others less so. In this guest post a fellow maternity returner (who wishes to remain anonymous) shares her experience… Guest post – Why it’s well worth keeping in touch So I recently embarked upon a ‘keep in touch’ day … Read More

Are YOU being complacent about the pay gap?

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  “Why are we so complacent about the pay gap?” asks Lauren Laverne in an article for the Guardian. It is a valid question and Laverne rightly highlights the complacency that can arise when surrounded by a general consensus that something isn’t right. The themes discussed are not new, the stats unsurprising to anyone with even the vaguest interest in gender equality and the benefits of equal pay (for everyone) yet again outlined clearly. The article was good and I … Read More