After returning from maternity leave, managers and coworkers can be part of a welcoming and supportive environment. Or they can act as though nothing happened, piling work and resentment on the new mom. When it’s the latter, just about everyone stands to lose.
Reflecting on slaveholders’ calculations can help us to see how quantification can erase and obscure human costs. Slaveholders' account books show how numbers and balance sheets erase some things even as they make others visible.
Managers have lots of good reasons to give employees second chances after misconduct or mistakes. But if the process is not done right, forgiven employees might not feel fully reaccepted by their organizations, which could cause problems.