Fight your ground

General Details
Working mother
Investment Banking
Type of leave:
Number of years professional experience:
11-15 years
Length of leave:
6-12 months
Type of experience:
Work pattern on return:
Standard full-time
Message I had a straight forward pregnancy and worked until 36 weeks before taking holiday/mat leave in a sales role on a trading floor - I was there 7 years pre leave. I stated all along that I would come back after 6 months of leave thereby "protecting" my job. There were no Keep in Touch days - no one suggested it even though HR should have pushed it. I had a new big boss just before I went on leave and he was uniformly dreadful - having made the effort to visit the office with a 4 week old baby and had scheduled a meeting with said manager, he then was not available on the day! My immediate managers were good/confirmed I still had role BUT just before I was due to come back into same role the big boss told me my old role was no longer available and that he wanted me to change to something with probable no bonus upside. I emailed HR but they did not get back to me. I told my immediate bosses who seemed confused. Then it all went silent. It made my last month of leave v stressful. I then turned up on first day back to find my old job was still available as my old colleague who was supposedly going to do the role single-handedly had been suspended! In addition they gave me a desk in the back row/corner that made me feel really isolated. The whole thing was handled dreadfully and I felt very under-appreciated having been a loyal/top performer before going on leave. I entirely blame this one snr manager - he clearly had no clue how to manage employees. Happily he was kicked out at a later stage but I had gone elsewhere by then....
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