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Leaving Maternity – going back to work at twentysix


Returning to work from maternity leave can be a daunting prospect, but when you come back to an organisation that has gone through structure changes, new hires and updated processes it can be intimidating and a bit overwhelming!

However, from my first KIT day (a relatively new concept to ‘keep in touch’ with your company) when I was taken through the changes, I could see it was an exciting time filled with opportunities. My motivation and enthusiasm quickly overtook any anxious feelings.

Everyone from my seniors through to new hires have provided huge support and encouragement. It’s easy to feel like a newbie again when returning from maternity, but I’ve slotted straight back into the fold and am enjoying being a working mum.

A united agency

Before leaving to do the slightly different job of having a child, the agency was about to embark upon uniting its search and agency divisions. The digital landscape is ever-changing and agencies need to change with it. As twentysix is a full service agency, the blending of all its specialisms quickly allowed for teams to share expertise, knowledge and challenge clients to deliver the best work.

I’m not saying it was plain sailing; any big change (especially one that newly creates one centralised operation) is going to bring its challenges, but the agency is now better and stronger for it. Having the unique position of only witnessing the before and after, without living through any difficulties, of the ‘big change’ I got to simply see the positive impact it had.

Teams are working closer together, individuals are maximising their cross channel abilities and clients are seeing expertise in a more all-round way.

Proof is in the pudding

In October 2017, Econsultancy released its top 100 digital agencies, with twentysix climbing four places to number 43. And on top of that we won two RAR awards within the Usability and Digital Animation categories.

But that’s not all: after a huge amount of work from the analytics team, in November we were awarded Google Analytics Certified Partner status, recognising the advanced knowledge and expertise within the team. With their bespoke data visualisation and measurement planning and strategy skills, the team are developing data analysis and combining their skills with the expertise of specialists in the research and psychology of users to bring clients true data science.

Its not all work work work

twentysix has always been a fun place to work (with the best Christmas work party!) and I’m glad to say this has only improved with an internal entertainments team bringing more fun and frolics throughout the whole year. And proof of the growing investment the agency has in its people, we also partnered with Perkbox, a platform bringing amazing employee benefits and a recognition scheme.

There has also been a huge increase in charitable collaborations that both the agency and individuals have been involved with.

In a nutshell

Returning to work from maternity leave may not be as positive an experience for everyone, but I feel very lucky to have a supportive company to work for that has provided opportunity and excitement rather than worries, even with all the changes over the course of 2017.  I would encourage all employers to deliver the kind of experience I’ve had.

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