I had to go back to work when my child was six weeks old. I was fortunate to be part of a workplace that was flexible enough to tolerate my expressing milk and leaving it in the fridge. The University of Houston recently published a study that surveyed 859 women returning to work after maternity leave. Only 300 of those women were able to continue breast-feeding for a year and only seven managed to breastfeed exclusively for six months, which is the recommended minimal time.
Is this happening in your workplace? The Workplace Bullying Project Team at Griffith University estimate that workplace bullying costs Australian business between $6 and $13 billion a year. However, the hidden cost is in the health of workers. They experience: Feelings of disconnection from and dislike of work Absenteeism, causing lower production outcomes and completion rates Lacking quality friendships at work Displaying high levels of emotion that indicate vulnerability a