Three Reasons Workin’ Moms Should Convince You To Invest In Your Return To Work From Maternity Leave

Workin’ Moms is a look at Real Working Motherhood For The Professional Moms

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The Workin’ Moms are a true reflection of the pressures of managing mom life with a demanding professional career. Like the characters, you’ve worked hard to build your career and I bet you’re not looking to give it up when you become a mother. If you are.. that’s great too ;)

Workin’ Moms shows the struggle of being a skilled professional while mommin’ it up too. I think we can learn so many lessons from this show. The main character, Kate, should totally convince you to invest in your career through the transitions of maternity leave. I can relate to her transition really well. Like Kate. my maternity leave actually led to a significant change in my career direction. Read how My Maternity Leave Ended My Corporate Career.

 

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I do love a show that helps me tell the story of why I started my business.  When it comes to maternity leave and everything that I hope to achieve with my blog and business, I feel like the characters of Workin’ Moms totally have my back.  I’m on a mission to help modern moms through the transitions of becoming a mother and working mother.   You can read more about what led me to this journey on my About page.

 

From the first episode of Workin’ Moms, you should be completely convinced that the transition back to work from maternity leave is no joke.  The story of the main character, Kate’s return to work represents the struggle of many professional women.  Kate is an Advertising Executive who’s passionate about her work.  She’s worked hard to progress her career and wants to continue to grow her career and still be a good mom.  Sound familiar to you?

 

While Kate’s unlucky encounter with a bear might seem unlikely, I want you to consider this.  My theory is that big scary bear represents the big, often scary, return to work from maternity leave transition.  

 

Besides the big, scary bear, here are three reasons why Workin’ Moms should convince you to invest in your return to work from maternity leave:

 

1.  There's New Competition At The Office

 

On her first day back, Kate meets new Vice-President, Mo.  Mo was hired while Kate was on maternity leave and has been doing a great job in her absence.  Kate is clearly surprised by Mo’s presence and familiarity with the office. 

 

This is a common theme when working moms return to work after an extended leave.  They feel out of the loop and disconnected from the company.  It seems like Kate is feeling threatened by Mo, and you might feel this way about your replacement too.  By intentionally planning for your transition back to work and connecting with your replacement in advance, some of the weirdness could be avoided altogether. Planning for your career before going on leave is even better. Start with these Five Things You Can Do For Your Career Before Going on Maternity Leave.



2.  The Snarky Comments Are Accurate

 

How will you deal with those random (often inappropriate comments) from your colleagues or co-workers?  On Kate’s first day back, she’s faced with jabs from Mo.   He taunts Kate saying she should be home putting the baby to bed.  Even though she’s tough as nails, Kate has a full breakdown in a conference room in front of three men.  Here she sobs about her guilt of missing baby’s first words. 

 

Hopefully there isn’t a Mo at your office.  And don’t even get me started on the problem with the undertones of Mo’s comment.  But the fact is, you probably work with an asshole, or two.  Here, you need to be confident in your own skin and comfortable with who you are as a mother and professional to be successful.  In my opinion, Kate is clearly lacking some confidence in terms of clearly defined priorities and boundaries. The lesson here is: don’t be Kate.

Imagine if Kate spent all day talking about her baby at the office. This would surely entice more snarky comments and negativity. This is exactly why I think Talking About Your New Baby Too Much At The Office Can Be Bad For Your Career.

 

3.  They Show Us That 'Having It All' Needs To Be Redefined

 

Even with the right resources and an organized schedule, the return to work post maternity leave can be daunting, to say the least.  A key message from Workin’ Moms is that we’re likely going to need to redefine ‘having it all’ because it probably doesn’t exist in the traditional sense.

 

Planning for your return to work in an intentional way will be the secret to your overall success.  Change is really hard and you shouldn’t have to go through it alone.  It’s really clear to me that Kate didn’t have a solid return to work transition plan.  Sure she had the playgroup and this is important, but something is missing from what that circle provides. Workin’ Moms and real life Working Moms need intentional return to work from maternity leave support that focuses directly on Mom and her career.


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