Allison Venditti is the Founder and Owner of Careerlove. She is a Career Coach & Return to Work expert with over a decade of experience in human resources. Her focus is on supporting women and mothers. Allison’s business is founded on the idea of kindness and support where she offers no nonsense advice to both companies and women. She is the mom to 3 boys and creator of Canada’s first program to support mothers returning to work from maternity leave called “Ready to Return”.
In this episode:
Supporting moms in returning to work after maternity leave with meaningful resources, conversations, and planning is a game changer!
Propose a job share or flexible work trial period if you are looking to try a shift in the way that you work and get the plan clearly laid out in writing.
It’s okay to not be okay. As moms, we can be incredibly hard on ourselves and feel like we have to hold it together all the time for everyone else.
Connect with Allison:
Facebook Group – “Moms at Work”: https://www.facebook.com/groups/MomsAtWork1
On this episode of The Part-Time Jungle Podcast, I had a great conversation with Allison of Careerlove! We talked about supporting moms in returning to work after maternity leave, proposing a job share or flexible work trial period, how it’s okay to not be okay and a whole lot more!
If you prefer to listen, check out Episode 18 of The Part-Time Jungle Podcast.
I really enjoyed my conversation with Allison. The tagline for her business is “Do what you love. Love what you do.” It is so evident that Allison is passionate about supporting the people that she coaches and works with to achieve this.
RETURN TO WORK
Allison’s children are eight, six, and two years old. Her professional background, even before having kids, involved creating return to work programs mostly around workers compensation and disability. She found it shocking that when she went off on maternity leave, they just gave her the paperwork. They told her to call them when she thought she would be coming back. The last five months of her maternity leave left her worrying about whether or not she should call or if were they going to call. She was trying to find daycare and get all the ‘things’ organized to head back to work.
RECOGNIZING A GAP
After her second maternity leave, Allison approached her boss to address why there weren’t any return to work programs for women on maternity leave? After all, their company’s business was all about getting paid to create these programs. He responded that there wasn’t any money in that.
A TOUGH TRANSITION
Allison’s oldest child has multiple anaphylactic food allergies. Returning to work after her first maternity leave and sending him to daycare was horrifying for Allison. She would drop him off at daycare, get on the bus with her coffee, and cry. This same thing went on for a couple of days. Finally one morning, she got on the bus and the bus driver had tissue ready. He told her that he had no idea what was going on but that it was going to be okay. Through tears she said that she was going back to work. The bus driver told Allison that he had three kids, that it would be fine, and that it takes a little while to build up. Allison said that you know that you are having a really tough time when the bus driver is noticing how hard things are for you. We can’t sugarcoat it. You just birthed a being and then being with them was all you have known for months on end. It is a big transition.
A LACK OF CONVERSATION
Allison felt like no one wanted to talk about this transition with her. Some of her friends didn’t go back to work after maternity leave. They didn’t want to talk about it. Some of her friends went back to work early and they didn’t want to talk about it.