Everyone loves the phrase maternity leave, especially if the person hearing it is heavily pregnant and ready to drop. Being a parent can sometimes be boring, miserable and exhausting but it’s the best job in the world. The trouble is, as a grown up, we have to decide whether we can afford to stay at home with a new baby or whether we have to go back to work to afford the bills. Of course, there are those of us out there who can afford to work from home or stay with the children while a partner works, but what if you choose not to go back for a few years? What does it mean for you’re your existing employer and how can it affect you when you do eventually decide that the workplace is somewhere you need or want to be? There’s only one problem that most people just aren’t aware of before they choose to have a family: there is a lot of hoo-hah surrounding being a working parent.
Taking time out of your work can be a burden to businesses as they find it an inconvenience. As a mother, returning to work is a big challenge. Not only are you knocking on the door of employers with words like ‘flexible working’ floating round your head, but you also will be looking into your rights for sick days for your child and days that you need in an emergency. You may well be fairly lucky and have someone who can grab the little snowflake from school if there is an issue. Then again you may not be so lucky, and you need to drop it and go. There a lot of Personal & Family Law Solicitors in Manchester that can help you with employers who discriminate against you for wanting flexible hours. If you feel like you have been forced out of your position due to there being no help at work, you can contact them for a chat and some guidance.
You may not have noticed when you were at the office that most of the time, when someone goes off to have a baby, life changes for them. Until it becomes your turn, you can’t understand the scrutiny that most people come under just for having a child. A child is a blessing and everyone knows that part but there’s a lot of complications that surround returning to work after a baby. You cannot do right for doing wrong and the world has an opinion on everything you do as a parent. If you chose to stay at home and raise your child, you’re seen as some kind of sponge or seen as a liability in the workplace. It’s not a surprise really. People who have children change when they are born. Work and climbing the ladder in the office to get that promotion no longer seems so important. But what do you do if you want to return to your job and your employer is being difficult? A lot of employers don’t see the joy in the child that’s been born, they see the issue that they are having to spend funds hiring in someone new to cover a maternity leave open spot. They see the money they could lose when the woman who leaves their staff after so many years may not return and therefore they have to hire someone else and retrain someone new. That’s a lot of pound signs flashing in the eyes of the employer. The trouble is that employers are also not a fan of flexible working.
The number of women who ask for part time or flexible hours so they can be there for their child should they need to and get turned down is unacceptable. A lot of women feel forced out of the workplace due to inflexible employers and this is something that is becoming an issue as women then feel like they have to choose between a family and their career.