Be wary of management changes

General Details
Working mother
Asset Management
Type of leave:
Number of years professional experience:
6-10 years
Length of leave:
6-12 months
Type of experience:
Work pattern on return:
Message In the lead up to my mat leave, my manager was supportive and even arranged a babyshower for me - and approved a return part-time. Happy days. During my leave she resigned & an existing team member was appointed interim manager.
On my return whilst my team members seemed happy for me to carry on where I left off, the new boss was concerned I "didn't have time" for all of my role (I was working 3 days a week and had plenty of time, often I had time to kill) and gradually my role was reduced to what was essentially data admin with the manager taking on extra elements of my role.
After several minor discussions and emails back and forth, 4 months in she pulled me into a room and asked me what my problem was. I had been on a course, then had a holiday booked over Easter and had been sick (lost half a stone, silver lining) but she was accusative as if it was unacceptable and that I was not fully committed to work. Feeling already undermined and emotional I burst into tears (she then fainted) which was not ideal (and surreal) - she got up and left.
HR was totally useless and did nothing-either to talk to the boss about my change of role or to allay my fears of being edged out. There were very few mothers and most fathers had their families back in Paris.
Despite me trying to address the issues, nothing changed-all my client contact was taken away. With motivation/confidence at a low, I started my job search. On resignation I gave a precise, unemotional exit interview. Boss obviously felt awkward as she got me a totally over-the-top leaving present...
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