Wellbeing

Using keep in touch days strategically

During a 13-year career at Enterprise, Clare Beynon has had two children and learnt the importance of utilising keep in touch days strategically.

We are lucky to have the opportunity to have 10 fully paid days to keep in touch with the business whilst on maternity leave. Not all companies offer this. I realised with my second baby that there were better ways to use these days effectively and how important it is to know what you would like to achieve from them. For me, it was about self-development.

I’m lucky to have a great support network around me. Scott Lumley is a proactive group rental manager, and he keeps me updated on performance through a WhatsApp group and encourages my development. I used my keep in touch days to attend:

  • networking meetings
  • mentor meetings
  • ‘mum and baby group’ updates on how your group is progressing
  • career development meetings with Scott

It’s important to reach out to different people in the business so the business knows you’re contactable. This is how I learnt about the editorial board role for Drive.

I understand the anxious feeling whilst you are out of business. Enterprise is so fast-paced, there can be a daunting feeling of having to catch up on so much upon return. But if you plan ahead on how to maximise the use of keep in touch days and how to build your personal brand, it will help because ultimately your success is down to you.

by Sharan Gill

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