In September 2020, Hayley Rothery clocked up four years with Brilliant Digital. And as it would happen, the day she hit her work anniversary was also the day she returned to work after six months of maternity leave.
Six months isn’t a very long time in a normal year. But normal is not a word you would ever use to describe 2020.
One week after having her baby, Hayley found herself caring for a newborn while juggling home learning for her older daughter who had only started Kindergarten weeks earlier.
“The whole world changed while I was on maternity leave,” explains Hayley. “And it wasn’t just the outside world that changed – Brilliant Digital had undergone quite the transformation. Everything was different. All of the systems changed and it’s like I had to learn a whole new job.
One thing that hadn’t changed was the values. The business had changed so much… but the company values were still so strong.”
For the rest of the team who rode the wave of the pandemic together and were part of those business changes, it was so rewarding that Hayley could see those core values still holding strong, despite the massive change.
Hayley has been through many evolutions with Brilliant Digital. She has seen the team grow from a handful of staff to more than 30 digital marketing experts. And it is those people who Hayley missed most during her maternity leave.
“My favourite thing about Brilliant Digital is the people,” says Hayley. “I have always had really good relationships with everyone in our team. I’ve always loved how closely we work together and what we achieve as a team.
I really missed the people while I was on maternity leave. Having a baby during a pandemic is really very challenging. I haven’t been able to get out and about with the baby in the same way I did when I took maternity leave with my first daughter. It’s so nice to be back at Brilliant Digital and working in this amazing team again.”
We are a family business… and we believe that family should never come second to anything. At Brilliant Digital, family comes first, always.
“While I was on maternity leave, my entire purpose was about surviving until the next nap time,” says Hayley. “It really wasn’t an easy six months. I couldn’t wait to sink my teeth into a project that wasn’t how quickly I could change a nappy before being vomited on.
It was amazing to come back to Brilliant Digital and have a purpose other than changing nappies. I love my kids and I love being a mum, but I also love working. I am working part-time around school drop off and pick up, so I really do feel like I can put my family first and balance it with work. I have the best of both worlds.”
Hayley is just one of the very talented digital marketing experts who work in the Brilliant Digital team. We are fortunate to have some of the best in the business working with us.
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