Our latest thinking on the family-friendly workplace support issues that matter most to HR leaders and management.
The Importance of Having a Transition Plan for Employees and Employers
While pregnancy is a very exciting time, it can also be a stressful time. As the mom-to-be enters the final stretch, she is no doubt feeling overwhelmed by her to-do list. And the working mom-to-be has the added responsibility of giving thoughtful consideration to her transition plan at work.
Why Breastfeeding Matters, and Why Employers Should Care
Here are the facts:
- 83% of mothers in the U.S. choose to breastfeed after giving birth
- Mothers returning to work are more than twice as likely to quit breastfeeding as mothers who stay at home
Creating a Lactation Room Working Mothers Will Love and Appreciate
Mothers returning to the workplace after childbirth are driven to provide for their new babies, while recapturing their roles as productive members of the workforce. Companies that provide lactation rooms in the workplace help these employees achieve both of these goals. Following the design guidelines given here will yield a lactation room that is easy to use, and offers comfort and respect to mothers.
How to Warmly Welcome New Mothers Back to the Office
For a new mother returning to the office following maternity leave, what does a “warm welcome” back look like? Should the employer act as though the new mother never left, and never welcomed a child? Should the new mother be hazed for choosing to make the transition to motherhood? Or should the mother receive a warm and compassionate welcome back to the office following her time spent bonding with her child?
The Importance of Peer-to-Peer Parent Support Groups at Work
Far too often I speak to working parents who feel alone in their journey. It goes without saying that every working parent could use a lot more support. Most working parents are taxed on time and don’t have the luxury of baby classes or play groups. Yet, it is usually within the social confines of these prearranged play spaces where parents find one of the most necessary elements of parenthood: a supportive friend.