The news of pregnancy is great. All the excitement of planning for a new baby.
Businesses of all shapes and sizes have to manage the challenge created by news of pregnancy. Whether it is maternity or paternity leave, the challenge is what to do about the work that the person would normally do.
The normal options for a manager are:
- Distribute the work to other team members and expect them to cope with the increase
- Bring in a temporary person to undertake the work
Given that there is the expectation that the employee will return to work after the period of leave, the option of recruiting a replacement is not normally available.