Maternity mentoring programmes link the returner with another Mum, who has been through and learned from a similar transition – and who has been trained in the practical skills of mentoring. The pair connect before the mentee goes on maternity leave and maintain contact informally until the mentee returns, at which point the mentor provides practical help in helping the mentee plan for re-entry and cope with the many challenges of fitting back in and getting back up to speed.
Maternity mentoring is highly cost-effective. It has a significant effect on the numbers of women who return to the same employment, helps them regain or exceed previous levels of productivity more quickly and contributes to the organisation’s reputation as a gender friendly place to work. The same approach can also be used with other groups of returners, such as carers, secondees and people returning from overseas assignments. Maternity mentoring compares favourably with externally resourced maternity coaching, which is generally expensive and does not bring with it an understanding of the organisation’s culture.
A typical programme consists of a period of planning and consultation with female staff and with managers in general, promotion of the programme to develop a pool of mentors, training for mentors, assignment to mothers before they take maternity leave, ongoing support for mentoring pairs, and evaluation.
Intensive one-day introduction to the role of mentors in supporting mums and dads returning to the workplace after parental leave
How to use your experience of return-to-work to support others in making the same transition
WHO IS THE COURSE FOR?
New mothers about to take maternity leave or about to return to work (mentees);
Mums who have been through the re-entry process themselves (mentors);
Mentoring Programme Managers ready to introduce a Maternity Mentoring schemes in their organization
Higher retention of staff on maternity or paternity leave
Returning staff reach previous levels of performance more quickly
Positive impact on employer reputation