I had a question from a Club last week which left me entirely speechless:
“My admin assistant is on maternity leave, has been for about 6 months I think, and is due back soon. How do I work out when she is due back?”
The problem with the question is that the date of return should have been agreed BEFORE maternity leave started.
We ensure all of our clients discuss and draw up a maternity plan with their employees, and once we have the MATB1 (at 24 weeks), we’re then able to finalise the dates for maternity leave departure and return; as well as what holidays will be taken and when.
But here’s the problem: in the golf industry (and other industries too), the majority of club managers are male, while the overwhelming majority of admin assistants are female.
This often means that when someone in the office gets pregnant, there’s an assumption that they’ll sort it for themselves.
And that was exactly what had happened in this case.