"Resist the temptation to judge their situation as this could preclude them from being transparent and thus less open to getting the support they need ..."
Women are recognised as being integral to all sectors of the economy, and with this comes an increasing obligation
for employers to support staff pregnancy and any adjustments that need to come thereafter.
While existing employment and/or HR guidelines are proving to be effective, there is a potential curve ball, in the form of post-natal depression. While post-natal depression is common to all, risk factors that are generally associated with this condition can include previous episodes of depression, a family history, a traumatic birth experience and a lack of support both emotionally and practically.
Symptoms can range from anxiety, sadness, tearfulness and tiredness to a lack of motivation and an inability to think clearly, concentrate or have full memory recall. All of these symptoms may influence their ability to perform and thereby can impact the success and performance your business.
Generally, these symptoms can ease within a few weeks but if they continue after a month or two it is advisable that the employee seeks professional help. If you become aware of a staff member who displays any of these symptoms there are a few simple steps you can take:
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