Wednesday, 1 August 2012
When I went back to work, I was struggling through a number of things I was
attempting to manage but being invisible was not one I expected. I had been
away from work for a little over a year. Once I stepped into my new office I
was quickly back into the swing of the job once again. The meetings started up
again, the consultations continued and the tired jaw from talking all day kicked
into gear. The one thing that had changed was how people treated me.
Before my maternity leave I was the go to person, I was the one that helped to
solve difficult problems, that was chosen to represent the agency at numerous
events, facilitate training and co-ordinate events. Now I am not even asked,
when I speak in meetings I get glossy eyes, people question my decision making
as I work with children and people question my abilities now that I have my own
This was definitely not something anything shared with me before returning to
I have been back at work for over a year now, and this experience has not
changed. I am still trying to find my place in the work world while trying to figure
out how to be a working mom. If the later is not hard enough.