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Maternity Coaching ABC's

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You shouldn’t have to choose between having a baby and maintaining a successful career. Yet up to 30% of women leave the workplace after becoming mothers. An increasing number of companies, alarmed by their loss of talented employees, are offering maternity coaching to stem the tide. “Coaching will help you take a proactive approach towards becoming a working mother and advancing your career,” says Karen Rubin, Managing Director of Talking Talent, North America.


What is a Maternity Coach?

A maternity coach is an experienced, confidential, and independent third party. Your coach will help you approach all aspects of maternity leave and provide you with a practical toolbox to deal with common challenges. Maternity coaching will empower you to face the joys of motherhood ahead, safe in the knowledge that you are supported.

“My coaching was hugely beneficial. Not only did my coach help me identify a number of key areas to focus on, but she also provided me with really helpful tools and ideas. I will be recommending this coaching to my colleagues.” Director, Deutsche Bank


How Does It Work?

Maternity coaches are often hired by companies, but their full support and focus is on you. Your coach facilitates a process to help you fulfill your potential as a professional and a parent. Coaches understand the challenges of maternity leave, and equip you to face each stage of the process with confidence. Coaches listen. They help in areas which may seem daunting, such as announcing your pregnancy, creating a transition plan to manage your workload, determining how connected you want to be while on leave, planning your return to work, maintaining your brand, and developing a 100-day-plan to ensure a positive re-entry back to work.  With coaching, you’ll learn how to ensure that their key stakeholders know what you want, how to broach conversations with your manager, colleagues, and clients, and even get assistance in crafting a request for flexible working (if this is any option at your company). Your coach will help you understand common biases, including mistaken assumptions that working mothers are less committed, and inspire you to advocate for yourself.

“The coaching opened my mind to think about coverage for work and help I may need at home as well.” Barclays coaching participant


Emotional Support

Coaches arm you with emotional techniques to defuse moments of feeling overwhelmed by the dual role of working-mom. Through coaching you can learn how to minimize guilt and avoid burnout, two areas which can easily derail a woman’s ability to be a mom and a professional. Your coach will offer a fresh perspective, encourage you to consider your ideal working hours, and help you build confidence in your ability to perform as an active parent, with a career.

“My coach gave me confidence in how I’m dealing with my situation. I now have a wider sense of how I can cope going forwards, and I’m actually taking steps to make things better.” Attorney, law firm 


How Can I Find Out if My Company Offers Maternity Coaching?

If you’re not sure whether your company offers maternity coaching, ask your HR department. Talking Talent has provided maternity coaching support to over 14,000 women and their managers around the globe. Our clients include Deutsche Bank, Barclays, Bank of America, MetLife, Grant Thornton, and many others. Companies love us because we help them hold onto their female talent in the years when they’re having children. This saves them money on costly turnover.

“Our work with Talking Talent forms a core part of our global strategy to retain and progress talent at Barclays. It offers first-class support to our working parents.” Wendy Papworth, Barclays Director Global Diversity & Inclusion


Creating a Sustainable Personal and Professional Life

Maternity coaching has positive effects which extend well beyond your leave; it even has a proven impact on retention and future promotions. You will engage in an ongoing dialogue about the life you want which will enable you to clarify your goals, and empower you to develop a unique action plan. Because, when it comes down to it, any decision to end your career should be a choice, not a sacrifice.

Brought to you by Talking Talent, Maternity Coaching Experts

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Related Community Discussions

  • Does anyone here work for a major financial institution in the new york metropolitan area? I have yet to find a straight answer on the internet or the company website regarding when my eligibilty for 16 week paid maternity leave would start. Are paid maternity leave benefits usually the same across the board for all major financial firms? I just found out I am pregnant (in my first trimester) and by the time I take my maternity leave I would be only nine months in my new job. Would like to hear about your company's eligibility requirements for paid maternity leave here please. Thank you so much...

  • I recently got engaged, will be married October 2017. My fiance and I want to start a family right away. My job does not have paid maternity leave. Would it be premature for me to advocate for paid leave? My initial thought process was to figure this out as soon as possible. Maybe I should start looking for another job; researching other companies I noticed that most (all the one's that I saw) require employees to have been employed for a year before being offered paid maternity leave.

    If I could have my way I would stay where I am at and get paid leave.

    I have a positive relationship with my boss and can talk about this with him, however; he isn't the one who ultimately makes this decision, corporate does.

  • My company recently put in a nursing room/mother's room but it was designed in a way that the majority of the room is fogged glass - except one strip that runs right at sitting level that was left as transparent glass. I don't think it was done intentionally (men designed the room) but I now have to put up sheets of paper to cover the transparent strip of glass. Any idea on how to address this with my (all male) management team?

  • I recently had a child and worked out an arrangement with my manager to work from home 1-2 days/week. I'm the only female on my team and none of the co-workers have a similar arrangement. There have been discreet comments made about my schedule (mostly in a joking way) but it still feels uncomfortable. Has anyone else ran into this?

  • I need some advice. I recently took maternity leave, which ended up turning in to Temporary Disability Leave because of some medical complications I had after the baby was delivered. I returned back to work after being off for 24 weeks. I have returned to the same job and have tried to get back into the swing of corporate life + new baby (first time mom here) and have the opportunity to take an additional 4 weeks off paid by the state, but it needs to be taken and completed before my child turns 12 months old and that's fast approaching.

    I submitted a request to HR to take temporary leave of absence and my HR department is denying me the ability to take this leave, stating that I exhausted the 13 weeks FMLA that the company offers (has to offer) to all employees. They are saying that I don't qualify for this leave until a full 12 months after my initial leave started. Everything I have read online and everyone I have talked to say that FMLA and TCI leave are completely different and separate. Technically, I think I am allowed to take this leave, the State says I qualify for it, but it's now in my employers hands and I am afraid if they deny me, and I choose to still take the leave, that I will not have job security. The brochure talking about TCI doesn't say anything about FMLA being the deciding factor "http://www.dlt.ri.gov/tdi/pdf/TCIBrochure.pdf."

    Does anyone know what my rights are? Can I legally take the 4 weeks off, and still have a job to return back to? Given that I had to take so much time off, do I still qualify for job protection and benefits?

    Thank you for any an all help.

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Maternity Coaching ABC's

Maternity Coaching ABC's

You shouldn’t have to choose between having a baby and maintaining a successful career. Yet up to 30% of women leave the workplace after becoming mot...

You shouldn’t have to choose between having a baby and maintaining a successful career. Yet up to 30% of women leave the workplace after becoming mothers. An increasing number of companies, alarmed by their loss of talented employees, are offering maternity coaching to stem the tide. “Coaching will help you take a proactive approach towards becoming a working mother and advancing your career,” says Karen Rubin, Managing Director of Talking Talent, North America.


What is a Maternity Coach?

A maternity coach is an experienced, confidential, and independent third party. Your coach will help you approach all aspects of maternity leave and provide you with a practical toolbox to deal with common challenges. Maternity coaching will empower you to face the joys of motherhood ahead, safe in the knowledge that you are supported.

“My coaching was hugely beneficial. Not only did my coach help me identify a number of key areas to focus on, but she also provided me with really helpful tools and ideas. I will be recommending this coaching to my colleagues.” Director, Deutsche Bank


How Does It Work?

Maternity coaches are often hired by companies, but their full support and focus is on you. Your coach facilitates a process to help you fulfill your potential as a professional and a parent. Coaches understand the challenges of maternity leave, and equip you to face each stage of the process with confidence. Coaches listen. They help in areas which may seem daunting, such as announcing your pregnancy, creating a transition plan to manage your workload, determining how connected you want to be while on leave, planning your return to work, maintaining your brand, and developing a 100-day-plan to ensure a positive re-entry back to work.  With coaching, you’ll learn how to ensure that their key stakeholders know what you want, how to broach conversations with your manager, colleagues, and clients, and even get assistance in crafting a request for flexible working (if this is any option at your company). Your coach will help you understand common biases, including mistaken assumptions that working mothers are less committed, and inspire you to advocate for yourself.

“The coaching opened my mind to think about coverage for work and help I may need at home as well.” Barclays coaching participant


Emotional Support

Coaches arm you with emotional techniques to defuse moments of feeling overwhelmed by the dual role of working-mom. Through coaching you can learn how to minimize guilt and avoid burnout, two areas which can easily derail a woman’s ability to be a mom and a professional. Your coach will offer a fresh perspective, encourage you to consider your ideal working hours, and help you build confidence in your ability to perform as an active parent, with a career.

“My coach gave me confidence in how I’m dealing with my situation. I now have a wider sense of how I can cope going forwards, and I’m actually taking steps to make things better.” Attorney, law firm 


How Can I Find Out if My Company Offers Maternity Coaching?

If you’re not sure whether your company offers maternity coaching, ask your HR department. Talking Talent has provided maternity coaching support to over 14,000 women and their managers around the globe. Our clients include Deutsche Bank, Barclays, Bank of America, MetLife, Grant Thornton, and many others. Companies love us because we help them hold onto their female talent in the years when they’re having children. This saves them money on costly turnover.

“Our work with Talking Talent forms a core part of our global strategy to retain and progress talent at Barclays. It offers first-class support to our working parents.” Wendy Papworth, Barclays Director Global Diversity & Inclusion


Creating a Sustainable Personal and Professional Life

Maternity coaching has positive effects which extend well beyond your leave; it even has a proven impact on retention and future promotions. You will engage in an ongoing dialogue about the life you want which will enable you to clarify your goals, and empower you to develop a unique action plan. Because, when it comes down to it, any decision to end your career should be a choice, not a sacrifice.

Brought to you by Talking Talent, Maternity Coaching Experts

Fairygodboss

Fairygodboss is committed to improving the workplace and lives of women.
Join us by reviewing your employer!
 

 

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