Last night, I was talking to my friend about her job/career. After the arrival of her second child she took on an a less challenging role. But the role offered flexibility and not much stress.
Recently, she had her performance review. She had a pained look on her face so I thought there was bad news to follow. Quite the contrary. It was a glowing report with a small pay rise (rare in the current economic environment).
The problem is that she now feels confident in juggling the children and work (not really a problem!)and is in search of a more challenging role that matches her skills, experience and expertise. She wants career progression, not career maintenance, and wants to be paid what she earned pre-children. And I know she will get both. She is one smart woman.
What does all of this mean?
For working parents, you may or may not hit the fast button again. If you decide to, go for it.
For employers and managers, keep up the lines of communication. Talent retention is becoming harder to achieve these days.