MMB Maternity Returner Results Released

Posted: Friday October 26 2018

By: Abbie Coleman

In early October 2018 we sent out a survey on maternity returners to MMB Magazine readers in support of their #LeaveLoudly #ReturnLouder campaign , which includes one of the first of its kind MMB Returner programmes supporting employers to support maternity returners and line managers. With more than 1,000 maternity returners responding of which 72% were in jobs at management level or above.

MMB MATERNITY RETURNER SURVEY RESULTS 2018

The MMB Maternity Returners Survey

In early October 2018 we sent out a survey on maternity returners to MMB Magazine readers in support of their #LeaveLoudly #ReturnLouder campaign , which includes one of the first of its kind MMB Returner programmes supporting employers to support maternity returners and line managers. With more than 1,000 maternity returners responding of which 72% were in jobs at management level or above.

What Did The MMB Returner Survey Show

The survey clearly showed a strong lack of support for women returners among UK businesses. More than four fifths of pregnant women begin their maternity leave unhappy and lacking in confidence about work – and over a third feel so isolated when they return that they want to hand their notice in.

Key statistics are:

• Only 18% of maternity returners felt happy and confident about work – having seen the way previous maternity returners had been dealt with by their employer

• 37% felt so unsupported and isolated on their return that they wanted to leave

• Just 17% felt they received good communication and support through the maternity process

• 90% said no returner support was offered though returner programmes or one to one coaching – yet 92% said a dedicated returner programme could have been beneficial

60% were worried about their flexible working request being rejected and 68% had concerns about the cost of childcare when going back to work.

MMB Magazine are aware of the obstacles working mothers returning to work after their maternity leave ends face. This is something that continues to contribute to the gender pay gap and our aim is to ensure a smooth transition back into the work place with all the support needed to ensure a positive effective return.

We understand the potential concerns faced upon the end of maternity leave and after the KIT days have taken place, these don’t affect all maternity returners and everyone is different but we have found the following at the most common ones mentioned to us:

  • Ensuring you can find a suitable local area childcare provider and backup child care plan
  • Taking your breast pump into the workplace to express milk, will your employer even have a private space or private room for you, will you have enough time to express
  • Sleep deprivation and the working world
  • Will your job share, part time, flexible hours request be accepted
  • Will you be going back to your previous role or a similar position or a different job, i don’t have a clear idea on this
  • Will your job still be there if not will you be given a suitable alternative job position
  • Have there been significant changes at work
  • Will you still have the same opportunities to progress your career
  • The emotional feelings of leaving your baby especially if you feeling you are going back to soon or you wish to stay home with your baby for longer and can not afford to take unpaid leave or part time pay.
  • Financial reasons
  • Emotional support
  • No one contacted me and there hasn’t been much work contact, do they actually want me back.
  • There is no flexibility on hours of work how will i cope
  • I am a single parent what if i need to take time off

MMB Magazine maternity returners survey

  • * Please note if you do quote our stats to also give credit back to the MMB Magazine maternity returners survey 2018.For more detailed statistics and the full survey please contact abbie@mmbmagazine.co.uk.

Boost To The UK Economy With Maternity Returners

The boost to the regional economy if this maternity returner market was engaged

£100 million Yorkshire & Humber
£150 million North West

MMB Magazine Human Resources Employer Support & Literature

We are excited to be working with employers and HR departments as a great way to work together to build positive work cultures for working families from pregnant employees through to new mothers returning to work together to ensure all talent has the equal opportunity at the table.Working with MMB Magazine we can help support your working mothers at the end of their maternity leave with our MMB Returner Programme.

Benefits of Parent Returner Programme

What is a returner programme and how will the benefit your business

  • Ensures a smooth and effective return to work
  • Better engagement and improved performance upon return to work
  • Clearer expectations and communication with manager and team
  • Focused career planning
  • Reduce overwhelm, stress, anxiety
  • Improve retention rates
  • Focus on talent development and career planning
  • Monthly emails with relevant content relating to the sessions

Additional 1:1 Coaching

1:1 Coaching is entirely bespoke and tailored to your team’s available time, resources and budget. The coaching program can span before and during the career break and upon the return to the workplace. This coaching may be especially beneficial especially for senior level positions

Pregnancy Through To Return Booklet – May 2022 Release

We also offer an added benefit of supporting your new parent employees with additional information to support women while pregnant at work, and at the end of your maternity and through to their return. We can supply our from pregnancy through to your return booklet for businesses to supply to their working parent employees that also allows your employees to know they are supported by their employer and encouraged to talk about any concerns.

Online Booklet

Micro Enterprises – Fewer than 10 employees

Small Enterprises 10 to 49 employees

Medium-Sized Enterprises 50 to 249 employees

Large enterprises  250 or more people.

Printed Booklet

Micro Enterprises – Fewer than 10 employees

Small Enterprises 10 to 49 employees

Medium-Sized Enterprises 50 to 249 employees

Large enterprises  250 or more people.

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