Bumps and the Boardroom is leading the way in helping women and business experience a new normal where pregnancy is recognised and valued for the transformational experience it is for the collective benefit of all. #Changing 100,000 Lives is a campaign to celebrate and elevate mothers within our business culture, reduce the rising rate of maternity discrimination and negative cost to business and positively change the lives of at least 100,000* women and girls by 2020.
The pregnancy journey and transition to motherhood provides a natural catalyst for personal and professional growth and expansion. Shifts in thinking and feeling 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. We softly move from operating in a purely masculine paradigm to one that values feminine traits and sees their worth.
The future of work is changing. The way in which the transition to parenthood is managed and experienced will affect the culture of your business. Committing to maternity/paternity best practice as an integral part of your D&I strategy will help you deal with the complex challenges facing business today. Companies who take a collaborative approach with strong CEO-led initiatives and support for mothers, fathers and managers will be the ones who realise sustainable, balanced leaders and boards of the future and greater commercial success.
Many companies may be legally compliant but disconnected to ‘maternity best practice’. Businesses who are focused on sharing and encouraging cross-industry learning to raise the collective bar on managing maternity differently will retain and attract more talent. When policies lead with the employee experience in mind, respectful communication follows. Procedures move away from feeling transactional or confusing and become mutually beneficial processes. Conversations become candid, fears are released, realistic plans are made and a deeper level of empathy and loyalty results.