Returning to work when juggling life as a parent

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For many new parents, the thought of returning to work can be a daunting one. As part of my blog collaboration series, I am joined by Laura Izard known as the Comeback Girl (@C0mebackG1rl on Twitter) to discuss how parents can prepare themselves before returning to the world of work.

Whether you are at the end of your maternity leave or you’ve taken a career break, returning to work can be one of the biggest decisions you’ll make, and confidence can play a big part in the decision-making process. Having children changes your life so thinking about returning to work and putting yourself first can make you feel guilty as a parent, but it shouldn’t. Returning to work can be fulfilling, exciting and rewarding, but most of all, it can make you feel like ‘you’ – pre-children!

Understandably, when you become a parent your priorities change in a big way, so firstly, it is important to understand and be realistic about the expectations you have for yourself. You may feel guilt about leaving little ones at home, that’s normal and it’s also normal not to feel it. It’s vital self-care to consider your needs too.

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HR Influence, what is the best approach?

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This week’s HR Hour discussed how HR can positively influence within our organisations. Regardless of the size of the business you work for, the ability to influence and drive positive change is crucial to HR supporting the business in the right way.

So how can HR effectively influence without the party pooper persona?

In days when respect is almost expected, it’s actually harder to earn than we think, this is not just a challenge for HR, it is for everyone in the world of work.

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Work hard, but not too hard… how trying too hard can actually damage your career

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Many people believe that the harder you work, the quicker you’ll climb the career ladder quicker, resulting in more money and a greater sense of achievement. WRONG!

Researchers from City University have collected information from over 500,000 people in 30 different European countries, and considered the effects of long working hours hours, verses the effort put into an individual’s job against measures of wellbeing, and have linked this to career outcomes.

The research is a painful read, especially for those who put in the hours in a bid to increase their prospects.  The study revealed a connection between an increased work volumes and reduced wellbeing. The results also highlight the negative effects of working too hard such as increased stress levels and increased risk of burnout, this is shown to outweigh the reward for demonstrating commitment and going the extra mile.

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Life is a rollercoaster…

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As the summer days starts to drift away and welcome back autumn,  now couldn’t be a better time to get focused and get back into my studies. From a personal perspective, I have had a lot of life changing things such as buying a house, having my step children for the summer and welcoming a French Bulldog into the Ellis household! Bron is absolutely adorable and he’s settling in really well, so plenty of new things to get used to! Now that everything is settling down, I can now realign my focus and concentrate on my work and studies. This should explain my absence from social media for a short time!

Over the coming weeks, there are going to be lots of things coming up on the blog such as my recruitment collaboration with Lee Lam, the build up to this years CIPD Annual Conference and Exhibition, the CIPD Midlands Area Partnership Conference and updates on my CIPD Level 7 study journey with ICS (not long left now!) I will also be rejoining my team on the CIPD Northants committee, I cannot wait to be back in the swing of things.

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New to HR? Here are my top tips for success!

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Ok so you’ve made it through the doors of the building and you’re sat in reception waiting to start your first job in HR, and if you’re like me, you’ll be thinking, “what the heck am I thinking?” “why have they hired me?” or “can I actually do this job?”. Thoughts to that effect were the exact ones that I had on my first day at Entertainment UK.

If you find yourself in that position, always remember that they hired you for a reason.

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