When was the last time you asked anyone in the office if they were happy? In an industry that prides itself on work hard, play hard ethics, it would be surprising if you had actually ever been asked that at all.
There are articles galore about gender equality, the ever increasing pay gap, parental leave entitlements (or lack of), womens battle to have a positive career trajectory, a good nights sleep, life after baby, life with baby, stress, Facebook groups/tribes/communities to join, relationships, cosmetics, skin care, general health and wellbeing. However, there is very little out there that talks about how women behave when they reach senior or executive level status in their careers and why they do it.
Your last day of work often can't come soon enough, you have worked hard to ensure all your work is in order to ensure a smooth handover, unless you are one of the lucky ones whereby a fixed term maternity cover has already started! You then embark on your maternity leave, which is a very personal experience, and one that should be cherished, however, this period is often tainted by the ever pending return to work. It has been my experience that parents fall into the following categories