‘’You can never please everybody, but you can listen to everybody. And you can say, I hear you, and this is what we can do.’’ – Sarah Courtney.
Welcome back to Happier at Work, you asked for it, and Aoife listened! Listeners have requested today’s topic of re-entering the working world, which Aoife has been excited to cover for some time now. This jam-packed episode features special guest Sarah Courtney from Sarah Courtney Coaching. Sarah is a mum first, a coach second and a champion of supporting parents who wish to work in an inclusive, family-friendly workforce.
Much ground gets covered within this episode as Sarah and Aoife discuss returning to work after a leave of absence and unpack how businesses can support their staff through times of massive transition, not just for mothers and fathers but for anyone who has taken a substantial career break. The main points throughout the episode include:
– An introduction to Sarah Courtney.
– Transitioning back into the workplace.
– Feeding the gender pay gap issues.
– The importance of senior role models in an organisation.
– Making choices: professional identity -VS- personal identity.
– Why living policies at work are essential.
– How any size business can create a family-friendly workplace culture.
– Tackling difficult conversations and managing conflict at work.
– How to identify and meet your needs.
– The benefits of open communication at work.
– The art of leading and listening: how to make your employees feel heard.
– The reality of positive returns to work.
– How transitioning into parenthood welcomes new skills and growth.
– Breaking the narrative of mommy guilt.
– What makes Sarah happier at work.
‘’Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.’’ – Maya Angelou.
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