I recently did a survey asking 100 women on maternity leave and professional working mums what types of challenges and barriers they are currently facing, and what would be useful to help them successfully balance work and life.
I was flooded with a range of comments from re-building confidence, to how to use KiT days, to working towards promotion with a young family to dealing with constant childcare illnesses and keeping up with a demanding workload when working part-time: I’ll be incorporating these topics and more into my new digital course for working mums.
Many of you are finding the work/life juggle the #1 challenge
The survey data also showed that juggling a career and family is the biggest challenge and working women want help.
When I returned to work in 2019 to a bigger role, a six-month-old baby that didn’t sleep and a compressed hours schedule, I thought that I would just “slot” straight back into my old role, that my old corporate clothes would fit and I would work out the challenges as they arose.
I really struggled when I returned to work
I couldn’t have been more naive! I was really unprepared and had no idea how to approach juggling it all. It took a watershed moment: I was in the middle of breastfeeding George on my day off when my boss called to say I had to dial-in to an important meeting with the Executive team.
This was before Covid, when there was far less understanding of babies being breastfed in conference calls and children in the background of Zoom calls.
From this incredibly stressful afternoon - where I had breastmilk leaking down my front as I sat advising on the communications strategy for a commercial issue - I decided that I had to take control of my situation, otherwise it would continue to control me.
So what did I learn and what do I share with my clients?
I hope these points might help you - there's plenty more information about many of the topics I touch on either on my blog (just click wherever you see a link), or I share daily advice on my Instagram account. Ultimately though, please remember that while many of us may look like we may be juggling it all, I know very few mums who don't struggle behind the scenes. It's one of the main reasons I created The Women's Vault: I saw firsthand how many of us only realise we're not alone once we have the confidence to share those worries with others. It's amazing how quickly you then discover how many parents are in the same boat.
Getting my help
If you're on maternity leave, or have recently returned to work, consider signing up for my Returning To Work with Confidence programme: it's the course I wish I'd had when I returned from maternity leave and helps you return to your career with your best foot forwards (while navigating the juggle!).
Of if you’d like some other of my resources such as flexible working guides, or do talk to me about my coaching or courses for working parents, simply email me: firstname.lastname@example.org
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This 60min lesson is available now and a booklet with helpful tips, tools and productivity resources.
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Less than one in 5 Mums feel confident in returning to work - which is what I experienced too - and so I’ve created an online, self-paced programme so that you can return to work as the best version of you.
Designed for professional Mums who are on mat leave right now or have returned within 18 months.
The lessons are less than 15mins in length and you can watch anytime, anywhere.
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