In a new study by Easy Offices, it was found that having a baby sets a woman’s career back six years.
Around half of the women polled said that having a baby had a negative effect on their career, with 42% believing they would be in a more senior position if they didn’t have kids. It also emerge that 37% of working mums believe they have been discriminated against since having a child.
The research looked at 1,000 mums with a child aged between one and 13 and found that becoming a mum can lead to missed promotion opportunities
The research looked at 1,000 mums with a child aged between one and 13 and found that becoming a mum can lead to missed promotion opportunities.
Three in ten of the mums experienced negativity from colleagues because they had to take time off to care for their kids. Over a quarter of new mums also admitted to initially feeling left out by colleagues when they came back to work.
A spokesman for Easy Offices said: ‘Many women will be wondering about how having a baby could affect their career. So we polled mothers who know from experience just what impact having a child can have.
‘The findings show how difficult it is to adjust to the new priorities that come with having a baby, but also suggest it can be hard to reintegrate into the workplace.’
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