MUMS are key employees who travel companies should actively court to ensure they return to work.


Even as part-time staff, new and older mothers are worth keeping on the payroll because they can punch above their weight, delegates at this year’s Association of Independent Tour Operators conference in Tunis were told.


Norwich and Peterborough Building Society chief executive Matthew Bullock said: “They are just amazingly focused. Get a part-time mother back to work and you’ll find she gets her lunch hour down to 15 minutes as she knows she’s going to have to manage her day like clockwork.”


The Norwich and Peterborough Building Society sends out newsletters to staff on maternity leave to inform them of office developments, invites them back for a fortnight a year for updates on technology changes, and invites them to social events.


Bullock said these schemes were to ensure employees who come back following their maternity leave or later on can hit the ground running.


If they do return, a number of options from part-time to job-share opportunities are available, he added, while every mum is given three days’ leave for emergencies. The society is also part of the Government’s scheme to allow the use of childcare vouchers and tax breaks.