Back with a Bang: 5 Steps to Staging a Successful Return to Work

Returning to work after having a baby is a frightening prospect for many of us, something completely outside our previous experience, and our new baby-centred comfort zone.  I am delighted to bring you a guest post from career coach, mentor and mum, Penny Davenport today, with some great advice on how to tackle a return to work after maternity leave.

Going back to work after having a baby can be terrifying. The fear factor can be enough to make you consider becoming a stay-at-home mum. If you are getting ready to go back to work after a spell of maternity leave, there are things you can consider to ease the process.


The thought of leaving your baby behind can be heart-breaking so it’s worth planning for. Whether it's a nanny or day-care you’re after, it can take time to find arrangement that suits you. Meet with, or visit, plenty of options and take references. You can also look at specialist agencies like Emergency Childcare in case you ever need some last-minute backup.

Get a ‘Mumover’

It’s no secret that having a baby can impact your confidence. After months in leisure wear, it's time to splash out on a few pieces to add to your old work wardrobe. The compliments you’ll get from co-workers will give you a back-to-work boost before you even reach your desk.

Remember, you’re Supermum

Many mums fear they have forgotten vital work-related skills whilst on maternity leave. In reality, the opposite is true. As a mum you’re a natural master of multi-tasking, empathy and time-management. And don’t forget: any volunteering or community-based activities you’ve participated in whilst away could make a valuable addition to your skillset.

Back into Routine

Ease your family into a routine before returning to work. It’ll make the process of getting up and ready in the mornings easier if you’ve had a few dry runs. By the time you actually go back, you’ll be a pro.

Reach out!

Get out and about. Use your Keep in Touch days to help settle yourself back in. Step outside the play centres and coffee clubs and make contact with fun, interesting people you haven't seen for a while. They will help you build your confidence back up before you get back to work.

For more information about how Penny could help you contact +44 (0)799 0524202

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Penny is a successful career mentor and coach helping women to make that step back into the workplace after having children. For 18 years Penny held a number of senior positions in the City. After becoming a working mother she directed her enthusiasm and leadership experience towards working to help people set and achieve their own career goals through her 5-step coaching programme.

As a working mother Penny understands the challenges and believes that by making sure the family is happy, and by taking confidence from the skills you have, you can achieve that fine balance between motherhood and your career goals.

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