Maternity Leave

Moving Flexibility In The Workplace From Niche To Norm

Sam Grimstone | Posted 28.09.2016 | UK Parents
Sam Grimstone

The alarming level of maternity discrimination in this country is compounding this problem. Many new mums are afraid to take time off work. These archaic business attitudes remain embedded in the dark ages; one that values presence over performance.

Why This Mum Believes You Should Travel The World On Maternity Leave

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 05.08.2016 | UK Parents

Maternity leave is often a time where new mums succumb to sleep deprivation while adapting to life at home with a newborn. But when Karen Edwards, 31,...

Brexit - Better or Worse for Working Parents?

Geraldine Gallacher | Posted 29.06.2016 | UK Parents
Geraldine Gallacher

My first instinct when discovering that we will now leave the EU was dismay and shock. Next was concern: what lies ahead? Nobody can say. There are certainly lots of things to worry about. But as managing director of an executive coaching consultancy that specialises in Parental Transition coaching, my biggest concern was that the far-sighted parental rights won over the last 40 years, and which now contribute so much to workplace gender equality, might unravel.

Just a Little Longer: Life After NICU

Catriona Ogilvy | Posted 21.06.2016 | UK Parents
Catriona Ogilvy

At home we can be together, no monitors or alarms. For the first time in forever I begin to be your mum. I feel the pain we've been through, I stop to take a breath. I realise now, what other NICU mums will know, my journey has just begun.

Why Are British Mums and Dads the Worst in the Developed World at Sharing Childcare?

Jeremy Davies | Posted 15.06.2016 | UK Parents
Jeremy Davies

Our gender pay gap - which leaves British women earning an average of 17.4% less than men in similar full-time jobs - places us 15th out of the 22 countries measured. In first-placed New Zealand, the gap is 5.6%.

The Do's and Don'ts of Maternity Leave

Sarah Lawton | Posted 06.06.2016 | UK Parents
Sarah Lawton

If you are anything like I was, you'll be counting down the days until your maternity leave starts. You are probably feeling like the side of a bus, needing a wee approximately every seven minutes and have the temperament of a warthog with a wasp up its nose. You. Need. A. Break.

Mum Regrets Asking Partner For Baby Update While At Work

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 10.05.2016 | UK Parents

A new mum who had returned to work from maternity leave was not impressed with her partner's messages about how their six-month-old son was getting on...

Parents Amazed By What This Boss Did For A Pregnant Employee

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 05.05.2016 | UK Parents

A pregnant woman was brought to tears by her boss' kind gesture during her baby shower at work. Erica McClaugherty Swenson, from Denver, shared a pi...

Why Maternity Leave Should Include 'Me' Time

Lisa Barnwell | Posted 05.05.2016 | UK Parents
Lisa Barnwell

Whilst no-one seems against the concept of a career sabbatical for non-parents that Foye suggested and more enlightened employers are offering widening flexi-options for staff, many appeared upset at the way she equated maternity leave to a time for self growth, fun or relaxation.

Mum On Maternity, Paid to Parent?

Clare Littler | Posted 12.04.2016 | UK Parents
Clare Littler

Is it so wrong that I want to socialise and have some time to myself in the day? That a long prayed for nap may give me half an hour to watch a bit of mindless TV. I wouldn't get that luxury at work?

Unshared Parent Leave

Sophia Walker | Posted 06.04.2016 | UK Parents
Sophia Walker

A lot can happen in nine months, but even more can happen in a year. That's why the decision to take a whole year out to bring up baby was a no-brainer for me. When I heard today that only one in a hundred men have taken up paternity leave, I can't say it shocked me.

Shared Parental Leave - Can We Overcome Stereotypes?

Neeha Khurana | Posted 05.04.2016 | UK Parents
Neeha Khurana

The policy's main criticism so far is that the number of new fathers signing up is low, with many blaming cultural stereotypes for their hesitation. Employers need to address this by making role models more visible and openly communicating the available options around shared parental leave.

'Urgent Action' Needed To Tackle Maternity Discrimination At Work

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 23.03.2016 | UK Parents

More than 70% of working mothers have experienced pregnancy or maternity-related discrimination, a new report has shown. The research, carried out by...

The Science of Part-Time Work

Sophia Walker | Posted 17.03.2016 | UK Parents
Sophia Walker

My time was up, 365 long, exhausting and beautiful days had passed, it was time to resume duty, resurrect the old me. I decided that returning part-time would give me the best balance possible. Four days with baby, three days with normal people, no more time with the NCT massive! But which three days should I work? Well here's my science...

'Emmerdale's' Emma Atkins On Returning To Work After Maternity Leave

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 15.03.2016 | UK Parents

Emmerdale actress Emma Atkins has opened up about how she felt when returning to work after a year of maternity leave. The 40-year-old, who gave birth...

Why Are We So Negative to Mothers in the Workplace?

Lisa Barnwell | Posted 14.03.2016 | UK Parents
Lisa Barnwell

Unless we all learn to manage maternity and paternity differently, treat mothers-to-be with greater respect and address the many levels of bias we hold, I believe the corporate world will always struggle to retain its top female talent.

Why Taking Nine Months Maternity Leave Was Best for My Career

Juliana Alaba | Posted 09.03.2016 | UK Parents
Juliana Alaba

I've been in the Marketing industry for six years and have two kids under five. I would never call myself a career woman but I know I could never be a stay at home mum either. I love my kids to the moon and back and believe I take better care of them (and myself!) if I'm not in the picture all the time. It also means I enjoy and make the most of the time we have together.

Modern-day Parenthood: Redefining Flexibility

Sasha Szczepanski | Posted 22.02.2016 | UK Parents
Sasha Szczepanski

The bits and pieces of your former professional life spilled out all over the freeway, and there you are, dodging through lanes of oncoming traffic to try to pick it back up and make it all function again.

Mum Uses Maternity Leave To Travel The World With 10-Week-Old Baby

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 10.02.2016 | UK Parents

After the birth of a baby, the last thing new mums will think about is hopping on a plane to travel the world. But that's exactly what Karen Edward...

The (Working) Benefits of Being a Millennial

Carolina Are | Posted 05.02.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Carolina Are

Sure, Millennials have it a lot harder when it comes to making their job count. We will probably have worked 100 jobs by the age of 60, all while still renting a house in the middle of nowhere and commuting to work for hours. But we will also be able to change our job titles to something outlandish and, most importantly, shape our company and its products rather than letting them shape us.

Sharing the Caring Puts Family First

S.D. Robertson | Posted 11.01.2016 | UK Parents
S.D. Robertson

I'm a big believer in fathers playing a more active role in their children's upbringing. I'm biased, of course, as that's my own experience. Not that my wife and I planned it. A happy accident would be a better explanation.

10 Things to Do at the End of Maternity Leave

Adele Armstrong | Posted 04.01.2016 | UK Parents
Adele Armstrong

I enjoyed the last two weeks immensely as I had them to myself. Here are my 10 tips on what to do during the final countdown before the whole childcare/commute/work circus begins!

The 'Stay-at-Home' Mum Needs Re-Branding

Anne Marshall | Posted 27.12.2015 | UK Parents
Anne Marshall

Stay. At. Home. Do not pass go. Do not collect tax credits. You are no longer interesting enough to leave your house. Did you forget that you were supposed to 'do it all', the name of the game was to 'have it all', and now you are 'nothing much at all'?

Women Returning To Work After Maternity Leave Get 'Less Pay For Decades'

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 17.12.2015 | UK Parents

Mothers who return to work after maternity leave get less pay and fewer promotions for "decades", researchers have told a parliamentary inquiry. A...

13 Things That Will Happen When You Return to Work After Maternity Leave

Katie Gregory | Posted 07.12.2015 | UK Parents
Katie Gregory

1. One or more of your children will get ill. Really ill. A sick bug, chicken pox, a mystery virus - whatever. They've been incubating it the whole time you've been off work, and storing it up for the week you return just so you're forced to have that conversation with your boss as early as possible.