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Willis Towers Watson Life: Returning To Work After Parental Leave

Category: Return to work, Flexible Working, Parental Leave

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Returning To Work After Parental Leave

Published on February 25, 2020, Donna O' Riordan

 Lead Recruiter at Willis Towers Watson

This is a blog I wrote for our careers site about my experience of returning to work following maternity leave.


As I walk into Willis Towers Watson reception in London on my first day back at work following over a year on maternity leave, my first thought is wow! The building looks great, I feel happy and excited to be back and genuinely feel proud to work here. 

Having spoken with many new parents (both in my personal life and with candidates as part of my role) I know that I am very lucky to have had such an incredibly positive experience. My line manager has been very supportive of my flexible working application, which has been significant in enabling me to effectively manage my job and family life. It can be a daunting experience those first few weeks back. What has changed? Will I remember everything? How will I balance my work with a hectic family life? As well as having the great support of my line manager, I spoke with my mentor at Willis Towers Watson who made themselves available to me within those first couple of weeks. I felt I gained advice and reassurance when I most needed it.

I feel valued at Willis Towers Watson and know, with the support of the company, I can still have a successful career while also leading a fulfilling life as a parent. 


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