My hope is that for every pregnant woman out in the workplace there are caring, supportive managers and co-workers who are going to help make their transition to motherhood a beautiful one. I’m an optimist and I generally think that most people have the best intentions and don’t plan on alienating others. That said, I would recommend that expectant mothers keep in mind that sometimes other employees feel awkward that they are “with child” and some of the offensive behavior you experience may really be general weirdness and not true harassment.
Working Mother Magazine is starting a campaign to get paid parentall leave for all US workers by 2015. Moms and Dads read this article and join the cause.
I thought this was a helpful write up on questions to ask HR about your company’s policy on Maternity Leave. Thanks workitmom.com!
There are tons of other questions and expectations you’ll want to set with your manager regarding your leave so I’ll be posting more on boss basics soon.
Any other questions that you’d add to the HR list?