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Yahoo Chief Executive Marissa Mayer claps during a Startup Battlefield session at TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2012 at the San Francisco Design Center Concourse in San Francisco, Calif. in this Sept. 12, 2012, file photo. Mayer, three months into a nascent effort to revamp the struggling Web company, could be back in the office in one week, following the birth of her first child on Sept. 30, 2012.

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Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer's decision that she'll return to work one to two weeks after giving birth to a baby boy last weekend has reignited the debate about kids, careers and work-life balance. In a Globe and Mail online poll, 80 per cent of readers who responded said Ms. Mayer shouldn't return to work so quickly and should instead spend time bonding with her new baby.

But what might be possible for the CEO of a major technology company, who has a few more dollars to hire the help required to care for a young child, may not be an option for the rest of us regular folk.

Globe Careers was joined by Zuleika Sgro, the manager of talent management services & HR business Partner with Questrade.com in Toronto, and Greg Conner, vice-president of Human Resources with LEAGUE Financial Partners in Victoria, B.C. for an online chat on this topic. Both are also contributors to the weekly Nine To Five column.

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They talked about Ms. Mayer's decision, addressed questions about maternity leave, and how you can work with your employer to make having kids and a job more manageable.

If you have other questions relating to this issue or any other career concern send them to Globe Careers.

For a mobile version of the chat, please click here.

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