It is not less than winning a Grand Slam when you get the first promotion of your life! You start feeling a little closer to eminent athletes like Serena Williams, who literally won the Australian Open while being eight weeks pregnant!
Yes, I got promoted to a Senior Instructional Designer while being 25 weeks pregnant!
Not that I perspired on the court for more than an hour without dropping a set, but I simply did my job as good as I could!
In fact, working women undergo a huge dilemma as to when to reveal the pregnancy, will she be given a project during that period, how to deal with the limited maternity leaves, will she be fired for being pregnant and so on! Along with the hormonal turbulence occurring inside her, she has to additionally worry about the career that she has poured her heart and soul into.
Logically speaking, pregnancy lasts only for a few months, what lasts long is the maternity leave followed! But it is still perceived as a long-term handicap followed by a prolonged absence physically as well as mentally.
Personally, being pregnant has increased my enthusiasm for work. I pushed myself out of my comfort zone. I was determined to learn something new every day. I think this attitude helped me climb up the career ladder.
Again, my country and my employer have a huge role to play. Recently, the Indian government sanctioned a 26 weeks paid maternity leave for female Indian employees, along with having a crèche facility in close vicinity of the work place. The policy also allows work from home after the maternity leave.
And my employer considered my last project a huge success consequently appreciating my efforts, skills, and creativity by promoting a level higher!
I’m over the moon, of course…, but then fear sets in! May be my hormones are bouncing around for obvious reasons, or maybe I’m scared of losing the freedom to make mistakes. I think getting promoted is a double edged sword, exciting yet petrifying. It doesn’t matter whether it is your first promotion or the final one where you get the corner office. You realize how little you know about your new role, especially when you’re trying hard to cope with your boss’s big and bold expectations.
Getting accustomed to the new KRAs and being comfortable in your new role needs patience. To be able to swiftly get into your new role, you need to inculcate these new work habits:
- Be frank to voice your opinion, but not rude to force them
- Make new mistakes every day and learn from them
- Don’t just set your goals blindly, meet your expectations
- Keep yourself open to learn
- Be bold enough to accept your fears to conquer them
- Learn to celebrate the small achievements that contribute to a bigger goal
It’s not about how physically handicapped you are, what emotionally disturbing crisis you’re undergoing. All you have to do is be confident that you are the right person for the job.
In my opinion, irrespective of your gender, age, physical potential, and your job profile, you have to be pregnant with ideas eternally!
My aim is to prompt action, not just a thought. Regardless of your time in your current role, what idea can you take from this and apply in your work today?