I am a big fan of returnships.  It is perhaps not a name I would have chosen, but tapping into the huge resource of returning to work mums has been a huge help to my own business. 

This article by Antonia Welch in the CIPR's Influence magazine is well worth a read.  Antonia has worked with us at Coast for the past 18 months. 

The key to making returnships work is flexibility. We don't need people in the office eight hours a day, five days a week.  We don't need our staff in front of clients every day either. 

What we do need is talented and committed people that understand our sector - in our case professional services and real estate - and returning to work mums can deliver that in spades. 

Many thanks Antonia for this article, and for your continued contributions.