I was made redundant the week I went on Maternity Leave. I spent the better part of the next two years job hunting, interviewing and being rejected. Exhausted, at my whit’s end and my self-esteem in tatters, I finally wrote about my experience on the blog in October 2015.
The response was overwhelming. I had emails, tweets and Facebook messages from women all over the world with similar stories of their own. I was shocked. And it was painfully clear that this was a widespread issue.
This is a series of interviews with mums and dads, predominantly within the UK, about their experience of work after kids. Some of these stories are shocking and sad because of the treatment parents have faced in the workplace. Others are hopeful, showing how employers and parents can work together to create a harmonious working relationship and environment for everyone to thrive in.
The interview are entirely anonymous for the interviewee and any businesses or companies named in the article (unless otherwise requested). The aim of this series is not to name and shame but to raise awareness of the issues facing parents in the workplace and to change perceptions of parents as second-class working citizens.
The first interview went live on April 1st. A new interview will be published on the 1st of each month.