Why Your Maternity Leave Might Be Good For Your Company

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If you're anything like me, you may find yourself archaically cringing at the thought of telling your employer that you're pregnant. (Should I say pregnant again, if you're really like me … )

Although we are all evolved, having-it-all women, the fact of the matter is that maternity leave can still be tricky. I mean, after all, it literally means leaving your job for at least six weeks, maybe more. No boss can be excited about that, right?

Well, as it turns out, your maternity leave might not just be good for you and your baby, but for your company as well. 

Well, as it turns out, your maternity leave might not just be good for you and your baby, but for your company as well. 

 The Hodges Partnership, a communications firm based in Virgina, faced what they said “on paper” looked like an impossible feat. Three of their top employees, each in charge of key client projects, were all pregnant. At the same time. 

The company wrote about the experience on their blog, confessing that because of the seemingly complicated twist it gave to their workload, the third pregnant employee was even too scared to share her big news—afraid that the company would think badly of her. 

But as it turns out, the company owner was surprised to find out how much the maternity leave situation benefited his company. 

On his website, he wrote: 

“After seven months of adjusting, juggling, and stretching, the truth is it wasn’t bad after all. In fact, it was an extremely good thing, not only for the moms, but for all of us at Hodges.”

He cited how the company was able to grow, not just as a team, but in fostering new relationships that weren't possible before. With some of the top executives out of their leadership roles, it also gave some of the low men on the totem pole, so to speak, an opportunity to flex their work wings, yielding big results. 

He also noted how much motherhood changed his employees, which ultimately affected the workplace. “As the moms came back to work, we found the jobs they came back to changed as well,” he said on his website. “They had more ‘capacity' to work on different accounts. We had more opportunities to experiment with their assignments, especially as they realized that those who stepped up were doing a solid job.”

Because of how much the company grew and learned to accommodate, they were able to be more flexible, incorporating family-friendly options such as telecommuting. Ultimately, the changes helped the mothers transition into their new roles and helped the company grow as a cohesive unit, with all employees learning to adapt and be more flexible. Turns out those pregnancies were a win-win. 

A world that embraces mothers and flexibility in the workplace?

Huh. How about that? 

What do you think?

Why Your Maternity Leave Might Be Good For Your Company

Chaunie Brusie is a writer, mom of four, and founder of The Stay Strong Mom, a community + gift box service for moms after loss. ... More

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7 comments

  1. Terra says:

    That is awesome. My boss has already decided to set me up with my own laptop so I can work from home while I’m pregnant. Of course he’d rather me be at work, but on days that are a struggle, I have the choice of staying home and still get work done.

  2. gfeld says:

    Maybe this place has a job opening for me. Sounds too good to be true!

  3. Jennifer says:

    I don’t feel this is true because I boss is trying to talk me into not take the full 6 weeks.

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