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Navigating the Return-to-Work Experience for New Parents

Maintaining Work-Family Wellbeing, 1st Edition

Edited by Maria Karanika-Murray, Cary Cooper


184 pages

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pub: 2020-03-19
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Parenthood can be one of the most fulfilling, life-altering, and life-challenging events. This book is set within the background of the reality of many parents’ return-to-work, the task of re-engaging with work and maintaining a career, and the difficulties that parenthood poses for balancing the demands of a new family with the demands of work. It comes to help understand this reality, give voice to new parents, and offer relief in the knowledge that we know a lot about these challenges and, most importantly, how we can start to address them.

The book brings together a number of internationally-recognized experts from research, practice, and policy to explore the issues and offer evidence-based solutions around return-to-work after having children. It takes a balanced approach to theory and practice to cover topics such as equality, stereotypes, work-family conflict, training and development, and workplace culture, among others, whilst integrating research and policy, and illustrating learnings with case studies from parents and examples from countries that lead the way.

It will appeal to parents, researchers, and employers in any economy across the world. Ultimately, it will help develop ways for new parents to re-engage with work successfully while maintaining their work-life well-being.


"What a fascinating book! As both a researcher and campaigner in this area I welcome the way that the authors have pulled together a terrific mix of contributors from research, practice and policy, to tackle the issues faced by both mothers and fathers in returning to work after childbirth. We have so much to learn from the countries represented here." - Sue Vinnicombe, CBE, Professor of Women and Leadership, Cranfield University, UK.

Table of Contents


Ann Francke, Chartered Management Institute, London


Laura Addati, International Labour Organization, Geneva

Chapter 1. Introduction

Maria Karanika-Murray & Cary Cooper

Chapter 2. New Parents Navigating the Workplace: Pregnancy, Stereotype Threat, and Work-Family Conflict

Lindsey M. Lavaysse, Erica L. Bettac, & Tahira M. Probst

Chapter 3. Building new parents’ support network at work and outside

Helen Pluut & Sara De Hauw

Chapter 4. Practical strategies for work-family resources management in the return-to-work experiences of new parents

Angela Martin, Sarah Dawkins, Vanessa Miles, Sarah Cotton & Justine Alter

Chapter 5. Return to work for fathers: A group with specific needs?

Marc Grau-Grau

Chapter 6. Fathers and leave for parenting: how can we increase uptake?

Adrienne Burgess & Jeremy Davies

Chapter 7. Work-family integration and gender equality - How Nordic countries lead the way

Gayle Kaufman

Chapter 8. Career Progression: Left out of the Game?

Nina M. Junker, Alina S. Hernandez Bark & Jamie L. Gloor

Chapter 9. Career development after parenthood: choices, challenges and opportunities

Julia Yates

Chapter 10. Training and development for employees returning to work after parental leave

Joanna Yarker, Hans-Joachim Wolfram & Nina Mareen Junker

Chapter 11. Childcare options in France: Beyond the hypothetic free choices

Danielle Boyer & Claude Martin

Chapter 12. What can employers do? Creating an inclusive workplace that fosters work-family well-being

Hans van Dijk & Loes Meeussen

Chapter 13. Going beyond policies to ease parents back into work and rebalance roles: The importance of individualized-deals

Inés Martínez-Corts & J. Pablo Moreno-Beltrán

Chapter 14. Conclusions

Cary Cooper & Maria Karanika-Murray


About the Editors

Maria Karanika-Murray is a work psychologist and an Associate Professor at the Department of Psychology, Nottingham Trent University. Her work brings together different methodologies, disciplines, and stakeholders, with the aim to understand the context and develop ways to support work-related health and well-being.

Sir Cary Cooper CBE is the 50th Anniversary Professor of Organizational Psychology and Health at ALLIANCE Manchester Business School of the University of Manchester, President of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (HR professional body), Immediate Past President of the British Academy of Management, and President of the Institute of Welfare.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Industrial & Organizational Psychology