The New Rules Of Maternity Leave

Women in the workplace is a social situation that seems like a hassle many individuals have to tackle at some point or the other. But is the situation improving or taking a drastic turn for the worse?

Imagine the chaos: a baby needs to be there in the boardroom for a female executive because her infant is too young to be left at a daycare centre, or a working woman has recently gotten married and had a child but her income will not permit her to hire a nanny to look after her child, during office hours. Box of coloring crayons, a toddler and an infant in the office cubic spaces meant for workers – the trouble seems more comical than real and fortunately it has become just that.

The working pattern for females is evolving: women now don’t want to compromise a professional life for the family life and are increasingly throwing caution to the winds and attempting to balance both. Employers and work colleagues are more the helping hand than the negative uncompromised pack of people out to put a fork in the new rhythm of modernity in the workplace. There are fulfilling moments when you realise as an employer the benefits of supporting young mothers in the workplace because it is such an outdated concept to imagine that women should dust away a career in favour of a marriage and babies.

These women know their work, they are good at it, so with the extra support from their employers they can go far with their commitments to the professional life. Asking women to give up something they have probably spent their whole lives trying to aim for and nurture is not just prejudice towards evolving needs for a working woman in the office, it is also falling behind with recognizing talent, when they need to. Many organizations, from the House of Commons to the NHS, now come equipped with their own nurseries to support young families.

Numerous schemes are also provided to young families in the workplace so that they can look after their infants as their demanding schedules allow them to, or so that they can comfortably return to the office as soon as a recent birth will let them to. This new spring in attitudes, I must add, is such a welcoming move towards ‘maternity leave’ and what that can mean for a working woman in the 21st Century.


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