Bumps and the Boardroom was launched to help businesses value working parents equally and challenge the stereotypes and working practices that penalise mothers on their return to work.
By encouraging a ripple effect of better understanding around the skills mothers gain, to elevate them within our business culture and reduce maternity discrimination and bias, we hope to positively change the lives of at least 100,000* women and girls by 2020.
We have 3 Aims helping business and individuals to..
The pregnancy journey and transition to parenthood provides a natural catalyst for personal and professional growth and expansion. More diverse thinking can help companies develop leaders of the future who are powerfully on purpose, strong, empathetic and wise. Women who are supported to connect with both their work and new mother self, return to work with more clarity and confidence; excited to continue their career elevation. Men feel empowered to move from operating in a purely masculine paradigm to one that values feminine traits and sees their worth.
The way in which the transition to parenthood is managed for everyone in your employment will give a strong insight into the culture of your business. Understanding why maternity/paternity best practice must be an integral part of any diversity & inclusion strategy will help you deal with the complex challenges facing business today and retain more talent. Companies who take a collaborative approach with HR and have CEO-led support will be the ones who see more diversity of thought and gender balance in their c-suites, and greater commercial success long term. Support for leaders, teams and every parent is critical.
When policies lead with the employee experience in mind, productivity improves. Procedures move away from feeling transactional or confusing and become mutually beneficial processes that support everyone. Conversations become more candid and fears are released. Realistic plans are made and a deeper level of empathy and loyalty results. Businesses who are focused on sharing and participate in cross-industry learning to implement shared parental leave and flexible working policies as the norm, will retain and attract more talent.