For professional women, the impact of taking a substantial time out of their career to become a mother can be huge. When the challenges faced by women during this time go unrecognised and unaddressed, organisational damage can occur. Many high talent individuals are lost by organisations, contributing to the lack of senior female talent and the gender pay gap. Maternity coaching can make a real and lasting difference.
THE SIZE OF THE CHALLENGE
Talking Talent’s research into women-in-business highlighted how critical the successful management of the maternity-to-work transition is, with 45% of women citing it as a key pinch point in their career. Women often feel isolated, overwhelmed, guilty and lacking in confidence as they return to the workplace.
THRIVING IN THE NEW NORMAL
Coaching provides the women with a safe and non-judgemental space in which they can share how they are feeling, look at their situation from different perspectives, challenge any self-limiting beliefs and, crucially, help them learn to thrive in their new normal as they re-engage with their career.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
We offer a personalised programme of one-to-one coaching as follows:
• Introduction Meeting – The aim of this meeting is for the coach and client to meet and discuss the current context for the client in addition to the aims and objectives for the coaching. It is a two-way process; both the coach and the client need to feel that they can form a strong working relationship.
• Flexible approach – A typical programme will comprise 6 sessions lasting 90 minutes encompassing the three key stages of maternity leave; pre-leave, pre-return and post-return.
• Typical subjects: Issues that clients need help working through often include lack of confidence, feeling isolated and overwhelmed, anxieties about career progression, work-life balance and difficulty transitioning to new working hours. Our coaching helps clients resolve these and many more every year.
A self-directed online programme with a workbook, practical exercises and resources, accompanied by videos with one of our maternity coaches.
An online 6-month coaching programme for up to 8 participants.
LINE MANAGER WEBINARS
A line management briefing session provides managers with the opportunity to consider the importance of managing employees through the different stages of parental breaks