WM People podcast focuses on paternity leave & career progression

The third episode of the Mums.Dads.Work podcast focuses on career progression, paternity leave and Menopause Awareness Month.

The third episode of the Mums.Dads.Work podcast is out today, featuring an interview with careers expert Liz Sebag-Montefiore from 10Eighty.

The episode, hosted by Ben Falk, editor of workingdads.co.uk, and Mandy Garner, editor of workingmums.co.uk, began with a discussion of paternity leave, following Pregnant Then Screwed’s stunt at the Labour Party conference putting papooses on Antony Gormley’s male statues on Crosby Beach with a statement beside them about the need for better paternity leave.

Ben and Mandy spoke about the links between equality at home and at work and how better paternity leave is good for everyone. Ben said all the dads he spoke to who had taken equal or shared parental leave felt they had benefited hugely from it. The issue was whether it was likely to be a priority after the next election, given other urgent infrastructural issues, but the two hosts agreed that it is part of an overall vision for a more equal society, particularly given workingmums.co.uk‘s annual survey consistently shows the career penalty being paid by mums after having children. This year’s survey shows 64% said their career has stalled as a result of having children.

Liz Sebag-Montefiore spoke about a range of different issues relating to career progression, from advice on ensuring you are not sidelined in your career if you work flexibly and staying visible if you work in a hybrid or remote way to how you can move sideways if you are not in the right place to move up. Liz also covered advice on trying to move to a new sector, networking if you can’t stay late at work and selling your transferable skills if you have no experience in the sector you want to move into.

The episode ended with a discussion of Menopause Awareness Month and the range of different research coming out linked to this, including the way it might change areas such as family law and the interest from men in understanding more about it.

In addition, Ben and Mandy highlighted that the closing date for the WM People Top Employer Awards is the end of this week and encouraged employers who are doing interesting and innovative things as well as those who are doggedly pursuing positive long-term policies to enter. More details here. 

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