Tips for New Parents Returning to Work with Alana Brittain

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Alana Brittain has had a distinguished sales career in the healthcare and technology industries and is currently a Sales Leader for LinkedIn Australia. Alana wrote a great article “Top 5 Tips for New Parents Returning to work”, which created a lot of interest and became the subject of our new podcast. Here is an excerpt from the article:

“Choosing to return to work after having a child can be a very personal choice. For some it can be weeks, for others years. It completely depends on what your priorities are and what works for you and your family. After having my daughter eight months ago, I decided to start working again after three months. And it was an eye opener.

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Despite all the planning and organisation before my daughter’s birth, I completely overlooked everything that is impacted after the big event, particularly the fact that both motherhood and work are demanding, tiring, and stressful experiences.”

In this episode Alana and I discuss:

  • The anxiety of having a new role and taking maternity leave
  • The challenges of life after the event
  • The feedback, positive and negative, when returning back
  • Realising you can’t do it all and how to make trade-offs that work
  • Getting better organised at work
  • The importance of communicating with colleagues and your outside support team.
  • Managing your back-up resources effectively
  • Importance of delegating outsourcing
  • Dealing with sleep deprivation
  • Coping with feelings of guilt
  • The importance of opening up the discussion on this topic

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Steven Norman

Steven Norman

Steven Norman is an accomplished frontline sales and business leader dedicated to helping B2B sales leaders upgrade their knowledge and skills, build next-generation sales teams and turbo-boost their careers. Over a 25 year career Steven has been responsible for more than US$4 billion of sales with major tech companies such as Dell, NEC and Targus across the Asia Pacific. Recent years of intense B2B sales research and analysis led to the foundation of Growth Acumen, a modern sales and leadership development advisory service. In 2019 Steven released his New Book Future Proof Sales Strategy. Seven steps to equip sales leaders with the tools to rise above the complex challenges facing the B2B sales industry.

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