Almost 70% of new mothers are anxious about returning to work after maternity leave, according to a recent survey carried out by the newly launched Corporate Mothers, a new consultancy that helps organisations to attract and retain more working mothers.
69% of the survey respondents are anxious about returning to work, with 46% saying they felt less confident about their ability to do their job than before maternity leave.
Corporate Mothers was conceived by Amanda Alexander, founder of Coaching Mums, which supports working mothers via personal coaching and workshops.
Amanda decided to launch Corporate Mothers in response to a growing demand from employers wanting to support and retain working mums.
“Within the next few years, 80% of the growth in the UK workforce will be accounted for by women, and by 2010, one in five workers will be mothers” says Amanda, “Too many professional women feel that they have no choice but to give up their career when trying to negotiate flexible working, or when juggling family and career is too difficult.”
58% of the Corporate Mothers survey respondents said that their employer did nothing to help them return to work with confidence and ease, whilst a huge 75% said they would have taken advantage of a specialist coaching programme, had it been offered .
Corporate Mothers has collated the key data from the survey and published a free report for any employer that wants simple, cost-effective ways of improving their retention rates of maternity leavers.
Corporate Mothers provides a complete range of services from bespoke Maternity Coaching, specialist HR and communications consultancy through to “off the shelf” services such as 60 Minute Seminars, webinars and workshops.
Amanda says, “Our vision is to be a ‘one stop shop’ for organisations that realise the value to their bottom line of attracting and retaining talented working mothers”.