Laura Little, Courtney Masterson discussed on The Workr Beeing Podcast


I believe it's a two twenty twenty one paper. And it's by laura little and courtney masterson and The paper basically takes a look at the importance of mothers being supported by their organizations. When they're coming back from attorney leave And one of the reasons that they focus on this time period and on mothers in particular is because after women. Leave the workforce to take maternity. Leave while it's a really nice break. from work responsibilities and allows them to focus holy. Or you know almost entirely on the family domain. It can be stressful. Figure out how then to reincorporate work into your life. Now that you've been spending time just focused on family. It can be stressful to anticipate what that returned to. Work is gonna look like and there are also some anticipated stressors that come from thinking through how your identity might play out. Were shift so there. Some research out there that looks at how pregnant women anticipate their identity shifts once they become working moms and that bat nine months of pregnancy is really a time period where people are thinking about. What's that gonna look like. And who am i and who do i wanna be. And how much do. I wanna put emphasis on on my work identity year my family identity or my mom identity in particular so there's some stressors that are introduced wall. Obviously it's a wonderful thing to have maternity leave and it's it's a fantastic resource and they're not arguing at all that that's not the keys. But when people are anticipating that reentry it can be a particularly stressful time. And so they're kind of honing in on that time period to take a look at how organizational support might play a role in affecting some of that stress interesting. Yeah i mean. I could see that being very stressful. Like i'm trying to think about you know. Obviously neither of us have taken a maternity leave. Yeah but i'm just thinking about like other experiences from friends and family. That i've heard of and i do think that there's like a really interesting just from an observation perspective. There's a really interesting way that people approached leaving or exiting maternity. Leave if you will And i think it varies quite a bit. And i can and the way people respond to it and maybe i'm observing something. That's in line with the study. I've no idea of way people respond to it. Seems to be somewhat related to how they feel about their job and their work to Yeah so the extent to which people can anticipate so part of what they're interested in is does the extent to which people can anticipate that they're not alone in doing. This makes it easier for them to cope with what's going on as they're attempting to reintegrate their work and family lives in a new way. So i could think about you know if you took a few months off from work and you just completely disconnected and didn't have this new additional large responsibility that was introduced into your life. It would feel like okay. I was on a vacation. And now i go back to normal but really what. The maternity leave is signaling. Is like a brand new normal of having your one responsibilities back when also you recognize that you're juggling the same home responsibilities that you've been juggling over this period of time so like maternity. Leave different from a vacation..

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