Coaching for maternity and paternity returners only is a missed opportunity. For a well-managed transition, they must be engaged before, during and after their leave, says Jennifer Liston-Smith Why do organisations provide specialist coaching through the transition to parenthood? To engage and retain their knowledgeable mid-career people, support their performance on return from leave and attract future talent as an employer of choice. Targeted coaching addresses one of the leaks in the talent pipeline – and potentially accelerates leadership development. The transition to motherhood can be one of the ‘off-ramps’ in a woman’s career, using Sylvia Ann Hewlett’s (2002) phrase; […]

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