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General Details
Network:
Working mother
Profession:
Asset Management
Type of leave:
Maternity
Number of years professional experience:
11-15 years
Length of leave:
6-12 months
Type of experience:
Negative
Work pattern on return:
Flexible full-time
Message I took 9 months off with my first child, I work full time but I get 2 days unpaid leave a month in addition to my annual leave.
I had no fears about going on maternity leave, I work for a great company, I'd received a promotion and all my reviews had been very good.
Unfortunately, while I was off my replacement was ineffective, lost confidence from my manager, lost valuable team members. Within 5 months my role lost 70% of its responsibility to other managers who were eager to expand their teams. On my return I wasn't able to get back the responsibility despite my good record and clear failures by the new teams. My female manager brushed off my requests telling me that having just come back from maternity leave I didn't need and shouldn't want the responsibility.
She retired 3 months after my return and her replacement has made life in the office extremely difficult (not just for me) and its very clear that he thinks females are ineffective. He hasn't spoken to me in months unless its in response to a direct question, he cancelled my 1:1's 5 months ago. His solution to this in 2016 is to make me report into someone else (demoting/layering me?!). Fortunately the new person is good and I have been able to show him I am more than capable. I am slowly getting some of my earlier responsibilities back. However, without the support from the main manager I don't think my role is going to have any scope for development activities and I doubt I would have a job to come back to if I went on maternity leave again.
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