First published on Design Week on 13 June 2019. Diversity has always mattered – but now, it feels to be an increasingly important issue, not only morally, but because diversity has proven to significantly impact financial performance and business success. It increases innovation, creativity, employee satisfaction, loyalty and dramatically widens your talent pool. As a seasoned … Continue reading How businesses can help mums to return to work
I’ve recently surveyed over 200 women about their experiences of returning to work. Asking how they felt ahead of the first day back, they said they were anxious, nervous, excited. Is this you? If so, then read on. Here are 6 tips to feel more confident about your return to work: 1. Talk to your … Continue reading How to manage your maternity or adoption leave and feel confident about returning to work
When I worked in HR some of my most difficult conversations were with women talking to their boss about how they’d return to work from maternity or adoption leave. I was always surprised by just how tough it was; a highly talented, loyal employee wants to come back to work meets reasonable, understanding employer who … Continue reading Every mum is an individual. One maternity or adoption policy doesn’t fit all.
Having my first baby at 39 classed me as a ‘geriatric mum’, which brought a load of emotions and guilt with it. But what it also meant, for me, is that I’d worked for over 20 years and was lucky enough to sit in senior corporate roles and set up my own business before I … Continue reading My business now; three years on and one baby delivered
It was much easier writing the first blog post than the second. I’ve been wondering why it’s been so much more difficult. Perhaps it’s the heat (it’s been a phenomenally sunny 31° outside). Or perhaps it’s because I’m trying to be a perfectionist and ‘get it right’, rather than ‘get it out’. The perfectionist is … Continue reading Handling the Perfectionist within
Just four months ago I walked away from my secure job as a well paid senior executive working for a bright, successful, entrepreneurial business where I got free breakfast, yoga classes in the studio, private healthcare, an iPhone and mac and so much more. Many thought I was mad to leave. I wondered myself at … Continue reading Moving away from all I knew