A parent survey by the Federal Ministry of Family Affairs surprised and horrified me: four out of ten employed people Women regret taking parental leave. Because the baby break hurts him Career, say the respondents. And now?

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Before parental leave: Plan ahead

The Ask, who ask themselves: male top decision-makers scare away their female colleagues when they return to the Workplace? Or do women not have the necessary bite to reintegrate smoothly into working life?

Few women worry in advance about how the re-entry could succeed - a mistake. Because so passes important time, in the Company and expectant Mothers together at one Solution could work for re-entry.

In any case keep contacts!

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It makes sense to determine the duration of parental leave and how in advance Contact us can be held.

If an important executive is lacking, the company needs to find an adequate replacement in the short term, which can assume the position interimistically - and resign as soon as the employee returns from parental leave.

A problem especially for executives

The Problem, which primarily affects managerial positions. Because most Executives from outside are not willing to take on a temporary position with regard to their own career. Success a look inside, on the other hand, promises:

For many women, the maternity leave becomes a career killer - especially for executives who are difficult to replace. It does not have to be this: how do you ensure your job despite your absence?

During parental leave: show presence and develop constantly

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Only the few women, like Federal Minister of the Family Kristina Schröder, return to their jobs ten weeks after birth; more than half remain two years or longer in parental leave.

It is therefore essential for women to maintain intensive contact with colleagues and supervisors - whether by telephone, per eMail or personally is rather secondary, important is the regularity of contacts!

How do you stay in conversation?

In practice, for example, a patent system has proven successful, in which expectant mothers maintain contact with the company via a colleague and vice versa.

Also a good tip: use the time out for further training or learn an additional language; Here, too, the employer could provide assistance and, for example, offer programs or financial support.

At the end of parental leave: Prepare the entry well

If the return is imminent, is an open Conversation including a detailed "training plan" advisable:

 What to do when the job is gone?

It is also important to address unpleasant topics at an early stage: If the previous job was assigned elsewhere, for example, concepts such as a “dual leadership” (eg with two part-time managers) could also be discussed.

Above all, companies should rethink this, and individuals Alternatives consider if they want to retain their female executives in the long term.

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