Should job title always have 'maternity cover' in it?

(31 Posts)
Shortninbread Tue 07-May-13 20:21:11

Does anyone know the best practice or have any of their own views on whether my job cover should or should not retain the words 'Maternity cover' in her title while I'm on leave?

They are about to go to print with hundreds of thousands of print where she does not state that she is maternity cover. Perhaps I'm being pernickety and feeling a bit out of the loop generally, but it doesn't help that much of the programme her name is against was developed by me before I went on leave. I'm also concerned that our sponsor relationships will be confused about my tenure.

Any advice much appreciated.

WipsGlitter Wed 08-May-13 07:20:20

How much longer are you on mat leave for? I think in the long run it won't really matter - you'll come back into post and a quick 'you're back?!' 'Yes I was on mat leave'. Will allay any questions immediately. How much confusion was there the last time? Surely your were able to manage it. I speak as someone who had a mat leave and who has been a cover twice now.

From the other side (ie being a mat cover) you are doing your best, trying to build your experience, make friends in a new job and its very disconcerting to have the person you are covering for breathing down your neck!

flowery Wed 08-May-13 08:59:37

The important people know you are on maternity leave. Even if for some reason they assume you are not coming back, as soon as you are back they will realise they were wrong and problem over.

It really sounds as though you are overthinking it and remaining too involved in your role, which is common and understandable but unnecessary, stress-inducing and often difficult for the person doing the job during your leave.

gindrinker Wed 08-May-13 17:50:43

Who is the person doing your maternity cover?
Do they normally work with you and are being 'uplifted' into your position?
Or are they totally new and brought in solely for maternity cover.

I'm maternity cover at the moment and I'd be pissed off if I had it in my job title (I had acting in my signature and was told to take it off because I'm doing the job.) I've been given a year secondment to the role and have a job to go back to.

Floggingmolly Wed 08-May-13 17:57:52

Why are they getting credit if the majority of the work was done by you? Are you accredited any where or does it read like it's all her own work?
I'd be majorly pissed off if that was the case.

Viviennemary Wed 08-May-13 18:01:51

Are you feeling insecure about your position when you return to work. I've never seen 'maternity cover' on anything but acting such and such is seen sometimes but only for quite important jobs. So if yours is then fair enough. But wouldn't this be up to the company and not you to decide.

Bramshott Thu 09-May-13 09:08:42

As I imagine it (from the field I work in) - there's a programme of work, like an annual arts festival. OP is a key part of the programming and put a lot of the events together (because there's such a long lead-time on these sorts of things). The "festival" brochure has been or is about to be published, which makes no specific reference to the OP, but lists the events she was instrumental in programming, and her maternity cover as X Director (or similar). This brochure is going not just to artists in the field, who may well know that OP is on maternity leave, but also to thousands of members of the public, some of whom may know OP slightly, and may assume that she's left.

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