Mums feeling the pressure to return to work

Survey finds a third of us feel pressured to head back to the office after maternity leave


 A third of new mums feel under pressure to go back to work after having a baby, a new survey has found.


The poll by MyVoucherCodes asked 1,521 mums in full-time employment how they felt about going back to work after welcoming their baby, with 35% admitting to feeling pressured to return after their maternity leave.

Of these mums, a massive 56%, said they went back as they were worried about their career coming to a halt if they took more time off than the standard paid maternity leave. And 27% feared losing their role in the company.

Out of the mums that did feel pressured to go back to work, 19% said they returned before the end of their allocated maternity leave.

But it’s not all doom and gloom. While 74% said they miss spending time with their babies, 55% said they had been looking forward to going back to work during their maternity leave because they missed the working environment (and the office banter we’re sure!).


If you’re heading back to the office, don’t leave home without reading our guide to returning to work after having a baby.

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