Returning back to work after having a kid is a big deal. We might like to pretend it’s not (or maybe society likes to pretend that it’s not) but the stats say it all. Two thirds of women admit feeling drained of self belief when it comes to the idea of returning to work after time away starting a family (Huffington Post, 2021), and nearly 50% of all mothers find it hard re-entering the workplace (Lean in, 2020).
Good Shout has trained hundreds of new mothers, from all over the world, and almost all of them cite a “crisis of confidence” after maternity leave. What used to seem so simple – leading meetings, presenting or using their voice to propose and challenge ideas – can feel harder than ever. It can even appear like your industry (and company) has moved on. This new hybrid world and the pain of virtual meetings can make the process even more daunting.
Women need more support. Post-maternity is a time for them to re-find their voice and reclaim their power at work. It’s a relaunch. It’s a SEQUEL. So let’s treat it like one. Our trainees are in the starring role, and they get to decide how their story goes on the return to work. We’ll help with the style, the script, and prepare them for all the twists and turns that’ll spring up along the way.