Negative Public Sector Experience

My first experience of maternity leave was a disappointing one, especially in view of where and for whom I worked - at the heart of Welsh democracy for an apparent champion of women. I returned to work following a pretty traumatic birth experience and weeks spent in a local neonatal unit as a result. The first few months of my leave were therefore emotional and stressful, with constant anxiety and worry about the next consultant appointment. While it wasn't easy, I did return to work following 9 months of maternity leave and a part of me was actually really looking forward to it. My employer invited me into the office for a chat ahead of me starting back, but instead of feeling motivated and excited about returning to my role, I left feeling totally dejected and apprehensive. We went through the niceties first then to be told that my role in the team had now changed and that I would not be relinquishing my previous responsibilities and instead be focusing on one, smaller, element of work within the team. Those roles would instead be taken on by a male member of the team who was extremely difficult to work with. While I was able to alter my working hours, to fit in with childcare I no longer felt a valued member of the team and also questioned how my role as set out in my contract, could be changed without prior warning. 

Why the contribution is important

Appearances can be deceptive and people do not always practice what they preach! 

by Jackpot100 on March 21, 2018 at 04:10PM

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