Pregnancy at work
One of my interests is supporting women to have a healthy pregnancy whilst managing the challenges of their work. Some companies are better than others- offering initiatives such as flexible working hours or enabling employees to work from home. Other companies merely adhere to government guidelines- which hardly suggests a caring or inclusive approach. From a cost point of view it makes sense to retain staff rather than incur the cost of recruitment. And a new mother is more likely to stay loyal to a company if she has been supported through pregnancy and maternity leave. A new report from the head of the Equality and Human Rights Commission has been launched to examine potential discrimination against pregnant women or mothers returning after leave. I'm hopeful that the findings will lead to best practice for companies to look towards.