003: A Complete Guide to Returning to Work with Impact | Lucy Pollard

Keep calm and return to work

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If you’re feeling apprehensive about returning to work after a period of time off with your children, this show is for you.

Today’s episode of Mum-to-Mum Monday is all about returning to work after being on maternity leave and the challenges and concerns that mother’s face now they have to take responsibility for not only their child, but their career.

Today’s guest is SuperMum, Lucy Pollard.

Lucy is wife to Chris and mother of Charlie who is 3. Lucy works for a leading investment bank in the City of London and part of her role involves leading workshops called ‘Returning with Impact’ to help women intergrate back into the workforce after being on maternity leave.

The brilliant thing about what Lucy has to share today is that it can be applied irrespective of the length of time you’ve been out of the work force. It might be that you’ve stayed at home with your kids throughout the pre-school years and and beyond.

So whether you’ve been away for 6 months or 6 years you’re going to be hanging onto Lucy’s every word becuase what she has to tell us is massively useful and relevant, whatever stage you’re at.

Lucy has some real gems of wisdom to share with us today, for example, she gives us some actionable steps on how you can remind yourselves just how good you are professionally to really boost your confidence. She talks about how to free up precious time and get things off your to do list so you don’t feel bogged down by tasks. And this one you’ll love, Lucy not only gives us the green light to have some ‘me’ time but acually argues that it should be manditory to keep our sanity.  Lucy will also teach you how you can realisically hit the ground running when you re-enter the workforce WITHOUT working late or stressing out about playing catch with the time you have lost. She also talks about how setting expectations on day one is the key to success in the long term.

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In this episode, you’ll find out:

  • How to rebuild your professional confidence when you re-enter the workforce
  • How to manage your time now you have competing demands of both work and your children
  • Ways to find a work-life balance so you give your best at work, but are not too exhausted to enjoy time with your children when you get home
  • How to deal with performance concerns as your company has moved forward since you’ve been away.
  • How to adjust to a different pace of working now you don’t have the drive or ability to work as much as you used to

Leave a comment:

Whether you’re on maternity leave, or even if you’ve been out of the workforce for years but considering going back, answer this question in the comments, what is your biggest concern with returning to work? And if you’ve already re-enetered the workforce, let us know, what’s your biggest struggle and if, or how you overcame it? Lucy and I will be on hand to answer your questions and help you out as much as we can.

Now, Go Conquer Motherhood!

Lisa York x

Show Notes:

BOOK: Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg

FIND TODAY’S SHOW AT: www.Lisa-York.com/003

Lisa York

Lisa believes a happy mum brings up happy kids who become happy adults. With four children aged 7, 6, 4 and 2, being kind to herself is an ongoing challenge. But she’s trying.

Lisa lives with her family in Canberra, Australia.

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9 replies
  1. Lisa York | SuperMum
    Lisa York | SuperMum says:

    It’s such a hard decision isn’t it …. and that’s just six months into motherhood! Being a mum turns your world upside down. With any big decision, I try to get informed, weigh up the pro’s and con’s, and then listen to my instinct. Only you know your situation and how you feel about it. Good luck and thanks for connecting on Facebook x

  2. Tam
    Tam says:

    Hi! I’ve a now 6 month old daughter and I made the decision to return to the workforce when she was 5 months. She’s in childcare 4 days a week (Wednesdays off at home with me). I struggled making the decision – guilty over wanting to return to work but more guilty on not spending this once-off baby time with her at home. She’s very easy going, a beautiful happy baby and she adapted easily to care. I haven’t overcome it yet – but I am comfortable with my decision and the four day work week balances it for me. Hard thing is knowing – what’s the right decision as to what age one returns and what sort of effect does it have on the child?

  3. Lisa York | SuperMum
    Lisa York | SuperMum says:

    Wish I could join you. I feel so far away!!

  4. Hannah Jones
    Hannah Jones says:

    Hi Lucy, truly inspirational! I’m investigating what ‘return to work’ policy we have.
    Would love to catch up one Saturday morning over coffee to hear more

  5. Lisa York | SuperMum
    Lisa York | SuperMum says:

    Glad Lucy’s advice was helpful. Wherever your career path may take you, I hope it’s a perfect fit for you.

  6. Cecily Thornton
    Cecily Thornton says:

    As a mum of three teenagers about to re enter the workforce after a long gap, I found Lucy’s advice very useful. Particularly the thoughts around delegating tasks, defining who you are, what inspires you and where you want to go with your career. Thanks!

  7. Lisa York | SuperMum
    Lisa York | SuperMum says:

    Thanks Lucy! Loved your show

  8. Lucy Pollard
    Lucy Pollard says:

    Hello everyone, listening back over this podcast it struck me quite how much information we cover! I’d be very happy to answer any questions here if anything comes up you would like to deep dive into.
    Take care and speak soon! Lucy

  9. Lisa York | SuperMum
    Lisa York | SuperMum says:

    Hope you got a boost from Lucy’s words of wisdom, and hopefully work can become your friend, not your enemy.

    If you’re going back to work soon, let me know…. What’s your biggest concern with returning to work?

    And if you’ve already re-entered the workforce, tell me….. What’s been your biggest struggle? How did you overcome it?

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