I was recently chatting with one of my inspiring clients about the process of managing maternity leave transitions effectively, and she gave me some great insight into the impact that an organisation's ego can have on the process. She said 'it's like workplaces are shocked to realise that work is not the centre of universe for their staff'.
It is true that sometimes the response that women get from managers, co-workers and leaders within workplaces seems to be incredibly ego-centric, even if not completely consciously. And the fall-out of this is that women can feel like they are no longer connected with, or a part of the workplace, even before their maternity leave commences.
The irony of it is that organisations and Managers who are conscious of this phenomena and actually take the step to let go of their ego's; that is they admit that 'we realise that work is simply one part of your life and there are other important aspects that we also want to support', they are more likely to get long-term loyalty and engagement from staff.
Ultimately this is where the true return on investment for navigating maternity transitions successfully lies.
Notice the ego-lense you might be wearing, shake it off and realise the importance of respecting and embracing all aspects of your employee's lives.