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In the modern workforce, workers of all genders juggle caring responsibilities with paid work. Two in five Australian employees are either parents of a child under 15 years, or have caring responsibilities.
At a time when new mothers may find themselves overwhelmed as they deal with their new at-home responsibilities while trying to hold down a full-time job, a growing number of companies are making efforts to assist women with the struggles of balancing life as a working parent.
Forward-thinking organisations, such as Telstra, Qantas and Deloitte, provide one-on-one customised coaching for their employees returning to work following parental leave. Rates of parental leave return and post leave retention are now higher than 90% for these companies.
Retaining more women by helping them through this stressful time has saved organisations up to 1.5 times an employee’s salary, as a result of reduced business costs related to recruitment, retraining and restructures.
Motherhood is one of the biggest challenges to identity a person can face. Dr. Alexandra Sacks, widely recognised clinical expert on the developmental transition into motherhood, says that ‘giving birth to a new identity can be as demanding as giving birth to a baby’.
Our brains love to identify with the past, and past life experiences teach us to attach our identity to a picture of how life is supposed to look, in order it to be valuable. Feeling lost is just the mind’s way of saying it has lost its ability to play out roles we have come to believe define our worth.
One of these roles is the ‘working woman’, and transitioning to the new role of ‘working parent’.
Understanding who we are, what we are passionate about and what we want in life is critical to our sense of self-worth, and our ability to be a productive, happy member of the workforce.
When your female employee becomes a mother, and begins to navigate her return to the workforce, it can be an extremely complex and stressful time, even for the most dedicated of employees. Helping her through this process, both logistically and emotionally, will ensure a smooth transition and a more engaged employee.
Although 2 in 5 Australian employees are parents, many businesses still struggle to:
retain female talent post parental leave, and
increase productivity of working mothers in the first 6 months back at work
Most businesses rely on solutions such as flex-work arrangements and generalist EAP services to address these retention and presenteeism challenges. This leads to loss of talent and large, unnecessary business costs associated with recruitment, retraining & restructuring.
Understanding that motherhood is one of the biggest life challenges a woman can face is key to supporting her transition back to work. This time can be extremely complex & stressful, even for the most dedicated of employees.
Our Spark! post-parental leave program supports your employee through this process to ensure a smooth transition & a more engaged working mother. Helping her to understand:
– who she is now and how she may have changed
– how she can balance home & work
– what she is truly passionate about and wants professionally
is critical to your employee’s sense of self-worth and her ability to be productive & happy at work.
By concentrating on overall health and wellbeing, we offer support for all aspects of the post-parental leave transition, with the aim of making it as stress-free as possible for your employees.
Spark! combines educational and formal coaching approaches to support your employees in:
This results in costs associated with recruitment, training and restructure when replacing the employee
With an additional 25% loss during their second 12 weeks back at work (on average)
Potentially prolonging presenteeism issues, whilst neither employee nor employer are completely happy
Ipswich Mother / Teacher
Thank you, Nikki, for an interesting and engaging series. It was a timely reminder for me. Thank you for providing a prompt to pause, reflect and develop some strategies and an action plan to address my wellness.
Simone / Mother / Office Admin
From the very first session, I felt like a cloud had been lifted from my mind. Then, with each session, my mind has become more clear as I find myself again. Thank you so much, Nikki.
Rebecca O. / Mother / Teacher
I love what you are doing for mothers like me. You are inspirational and have such a powerful and positive impact on many of us women, who need this in our lives.
Jessica S. / Mother / Small Business Owner
I really liked working with Nikki. I felt comfortable to talk and share. A really friendly, safe environment. It was just what I needed at the time. Thank you.
Irene D. / Admin / Not-For-Profit
Having a wellness coach gave me the opportunity to talk about myself and my life in a way that I never have before. Through working with Nikki, I was able to identify my inner strengths and passions and apply them to many areas of my life.
Autumn T. / Student / RMIT University
Nikki always made me feel comfortable talking about anything… I always felt Nikki was there with me and engaged with what I was saying. She helped me brainstorm what would and wouldn’t work to achieve my goals, without me feeling judged or overwhelmed.
Danielle W. / Mother / Griffith University
It’s good just to stop and think about things… life gets busy and just takes over. Giving yourself the time to think about priorities, goal setting and what means the most to you is important. Thank you for helping me to do this, Nikki.
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Nikki builds and maintains strong rapport with her clients through amazing displays of empathy and mindful presence. She brings high levels of energy to her clients’ coaching experience, and completely immerses herself in the process.