Research shows that within 12–24 months of having their first child, as many as 30 percent of female professionals leave their organisation. Those who do return often opt out of career and leadership opportunities.
According to Pew, 41 percent of working mothers said being a parent made it harder to advance in their careers, compared with 20 percent of fathers.
Men also experience challenges at work after becoming a father. Research shows that a third of fathers feel burnt out trying to juggle work and parental responsibilities.
Parents and carers of today and tomorrow choose organisations that encourage them to honour their family values and responsibilities. As dual-career families become the norm, professionals are moving to organisations where the culture, policies and leaders enable them to thrive both at work and at home.
While there is a clear movement for organisations to support “caring and career”, new parents and carers are still navigating to find a balance between personal and professional success. Many companies still struggle to retain their female talent and eliminate barriers and often suffer from the "leaky-pipe" syndrome and rising levels of burn-out.
We help forward-thinking companies apply best practices to attract, engage and retain working parents and carers, and foster a culture (with supportive leadership styles, policies and training) which enables individuals to fulfill their personal aspirations, without overwhelm, guilt or career suicide.
We equip HR and people managers so that they can reduce the attrition of talented individuals, build diverse talent pools, boost employee engagement and drive performance.
Our working parent programme covers the four stages of parenthood transition: before the baby's arrival, when the parent is preparing to return to work, after the employee is back at work, and longer-term career sustainability.
The programme is tailored to a company’s needs, context and budget and offers a range of solutions that address the various audiences impacted: working parents and carers, people managers and human resources professionals.
Our holistic coaching methodology guides working parents and carers to reconcile professional and personal aspirations, enabling them to maintain high performance.
Thrive Online is our cost-effective e-learning solution for working parents, carers and their managers and allows you to scale training across your organisation.
We offer a menu of practical and interactive in-person or virtual workshops and masterclasses for parents, carers and also line managers.
We partner with you to design and implement solutions around parenthood and life transitions to foster a caring and inclusive environment.
From off-the-shelf toolkits to plug and play strategies and tools, we have your internal launch and comms covered.
We actively support HR and diversity and inclusion leaders to get buy-in from the business and demonstrate the return on investment our solutions offer.
"Thanks so much for running the working parents workshops. You know you're doing something right when the unanimous feedback at the end of the sessions is “It was too short.” And on a personal note, it was moving and heartwarming to hear so many male colleagues talking so openly and honestly about what being a father means that them."
Are you a mother or father looking for support during your parenthood transition?
Please visit our sister brand, Thriving Parents, to find out more about the range of coaching programmes and e-courses available.
Please enter your first name and best email address for a copy of the Working Parents & Carers brochure will be available to download.