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Voluntary Redundancy While on Maternity Leave

By February 05, 2018 ,

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Taking redundancy wasn't something I expected to happen whilst I was on maternity leave, or was it? Around half way into my maternity leave I had a premonition that I was going to be made redundant and from that moment I wasn't too worried whether my premonition came true or not.

When I went on maternity leave in April 2017, I fully intended to return a year later, despite numerous colleagues telling me that I wouldn't be coming back. However, as the months passed, I grew increasingly anxious about my return to work and how I would cope being away from my daughter, as well as worrying about how she would get on with a childminder. I tried to remain positive, but it became increasingly difficult.

I was made aware of redundancies within the company I worked for just before Christmas. Strangely enough, the phone call making me aware, came the morning after my half and I had decided I wasn't going to return to my job. I loved my job when I was there, but being away from the office for so long made me re-evaluate what was important to me and I just didn't feel I had the same passion for the role anymore. Had the news of redundancies have come the year before, I would have been devastated, but the timing seemed perfect and like it was 'meant to be'.

Voluntary Redundancy

Initially, voluntary redundancy wasn't proposed to those of us effected and I was told a position would be kept open for me ready for my return. I considered the position, but it just wasn't for me. When employees were asked to consider voluntary redundancy a couple of weeks later, I jumped at the chance and was pleased when I received confirmation that it had been accepted.

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Having worked for the company for 5 years, I've received a decent redundancy package. We're also lucky enough to still have all the savings we put to one side before I got pregnant, which we intended to use as an additional 'wage' for me throughout my maternity leave, however we haven't had to dip into them yet.


I'm feeling surprisingly positive for someone with a 9 month old baby and no permanent employment, but I'm taking this as a chance to spread my wings, enjoy the time with my daughter while she's still young and take on new opportunities. I'm pleased to say that I've recently taken on some freelance writing work and I'm hoping that this will lead to the start of a new career for me.

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  1. It can sometimes be a blessing in disguise can't it? My friend was in a similar situation and it gave her the freedom to change career path. #honeybeelinky

    1. Yes, definitely! It's really changed things for me for the better :)

  2. I'm a strong believer in this quote: 'Life is what happens to you when you're busy making other plans'. Sometimes things have a strange way of working out... this might just be another door opening to give you other opportunities. Good luck!

  3. Sounds like this came at the perfect time for you and well done on the freelance work, fingers crossed you’re already on the road to your new career. Thank you for joining #FamilyFunLinky x

  4. This feels like something I could have written last year! I've been working for a company that have had rumours of redundancies ever since the summer of 2015 and at the end of this month, 7 months pregnant; its finally happening.
    I too am excited for the future - Im a believer that these things happen for a reason!
    Thank you for sharing this post with us at #TriumphantTales. I hope to see you back next week!

    1. That's a long time to be waiting. Good luck in the future and thank you :)