Becoming a parent is a huge transition and people often don’t take the time to mentally prepare or adjust to the change.
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:
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 and restructuring.
Our Spark! post-parental leave program supports your employee through this process to ensure a smooth transition and a more engaged working mother. Providing her with practical skills is critical to your employee’s sense of self-worth and her ability to be productive and 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.
The Spark! program is ideal for businesses looking to:
This results in costs associated with recruitment, training and restructure when replacing the employee [ABS]
With an additional 25% loss during their second 12 weeks back at work (on average) [CGS]
Potentially prolonging presenteeism issues, whilst neither employee nor employer are completely happy [ABS]
Helen C. / Statutory Planning Manager
You’ll be surprised what you can achieve during your transition back to work with a dedicated coach. Get ready to be challenged (in a good way)!
India G. / Executive Assistant
I thought this would be a really tough time, but I’m surprised how easily I was able to slot back in, thanks to your practical coaching support – it really helped to get me to a much better place mentally and emotionally.
Claire W. / Marketing Manager
When I first started coaching I didn’t know what I wanted from the sessions but it became obvious the moment I started talking. I feel a lot clearer around the kind of working mother I want to be.
April H. / Childcare Centre Director
Coaching is a fantastic opportunity to learn who you are and what is important to you. To know that you are not alone with how you are feeling and that you can change this.
Alyssa T. / Communications Manager
[Coaching] has been extremely helpful in helping me to better manage stress, rebuild confidence and identify the things that make me feel fulfilled.
Jodie N. / 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 / 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. / 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.