Back to Business Programs
For Mothers: Strategizing Maternity Leave and Return
Develop Your Master Maternity Leave Plan
(Half-day Workshop Prior to Leave)
Managers and expecting mothers often worry that a maternity leave will bring confusion, disorganization and lost opportunity. In this workshop participants will strategize an exit that anticipates their needs and those of their employer. Expecting parents will learn to create a master plan with management that includes the dates of their leave and return, reviews the status of current projects, documents their daily responsibilities that will need to be covered, makes recommendations for best staff to do so, and establishes communication preferences while on leave. A thoughtfully prepared maternity leave plan will bring order and clear expectations to this transition. *This workshop can also include employee education on company resources for new parents.
Develop Your Maternity Return Plan: Navigating the Logistics and Emotions of your Return
(Eight thirty-minute webinars)
Returning from work after maternity leave can be daunting. A stressful, unsupported return is one of the biggest reasons why some new mothers ultimately quit their jobs. Retain your best talent by helping them make this transition with the emotional and logistical support of the Back to Business Webinar Series.In this webinar series that mothers can watch on their own time table, Robyn provides viewers with strategies for managing stress and emotions, arranging childcare, coping with a postpartum body, and how to set themselves up for a fully-prepared return that is less stressful and overwhelming. When women feel valued and assisted in finding the right balance between work and family, their performance is maximized. Each webinar includes assessments and activities to give new parents options and solutions for addressing the myriad responsibilities of being a working parent. Click here for the curriculum.
Bonuses: All participants become members of an online working parent support group where they can find camaraderie and mentoring. Robyn also conducts a weekly live Q and A session to respond to pressing issues of the moment.
Private Postpartum Coaching
(6 week one-on-one coaching)
Provide your employees with personal support and guidance through their transition to new parenthood. In a six-week engagement starting 3 weeks before they return to work and ending 3 weeks after they return, your employee will work personally with Dr. DeLuca in weekly forty-five minute sessions. Through effective coaching techniques, she helps new parents overcome working mother’s guilt, balance their dual identities as mom and worker, and maximize their effectiveness and performance once they get back to work. Coaching is a method that produces solutions that work because it is client-driven, where the coach facilitates insight that spurs problem-solving. An employee given this level of support will clearly understand and value her company’s commitment to her well-being.
For Managers and Supervisors
Managing Maternity Leaves and Returns
Managing Your Employees’ Return from Parental Leave
(Half-day Workshop Prior to Leave)
KPMG estimates that on a global basis, 47 billion dollars is spent annually on recruiting and training employees hired to replace women who quit after maternity leave. Managers can play a pivotal role in keeping your high-quality talent by creating a culture that helps employees combine a great career with being a parent. In this workshop managers will develop strategies to assist employees in creating explicit maternity leave plans that support employee and departmental goals. Managers will gain insight to new parent needs so they can create policies that provide what parents crave most: flexibility and control upon their return.
And since a manager’s concerns cover all employees, Robyn also will focus on maintaining team morale during an employee leave, and handling potential non-parent employee resentment. Promoting a diverse and inclusive workplace will make your company an employer of choice.