a new prospective

General Details
Network:
Working mother
Profession:
Asset Management
Type of leave:
Maternity
Number of years professional experience:
16-20 years
Length of leave:
6-12 months
Type of experience:
Neutral
Work pattern on return:
Standard full-time
Message I took my first maternity leave in June 2014 having worked at the company for 3 years. When I left, I really had no idea how long I would take and stayed off for 9 months in total. My worry at the time was that they were splitting my job across 3 already busy people so they would get fed up and leave. Sure enough, 1 resigned in June 2014 and the other in March 2015. This left my boss as the only common person in my group when I got back. My 2 new colleagues didn't know me and often gave credit for processes/work done to the colleagues who left even though I had done it before my leave. On top of this, the review/bonus done while I was on mat leave penalised me twice - for not working the full year and then having the overall number pro-rated.
This experience taught me to speak up for myself and be very clear on what my experience and contribution was so not be afraid to blow my own horn. In addition, I found that I came back with a renewed interest and desire to succeed which I had lost in the year leading to my mat leave. Coupled with the new colleagues, it forced me to put myself forward and as a result, I have had some of the most positive feedback that I have ever had since I started at the company almost 5 years ago.
I work 5 days a week with very little flexibility. They 'allow' me to leave each day at 5:15 to do the pick up (having started between 7:30-8am and having lunch at my desk) as long as my work is done. As a result, I log in most nights for much longer than my colleagues stay! I am curious to see how this plays out during this year's review!
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