We are in the midst of a seismic cultural shift that is redefining parental leave policy and practice for our companies, our working families and our country. The social contract is being rewritten.
Our consulting services help you navigate this new terrain and turn parental leave – a timeframe that has historically been considered a career “time-out” – into your company’s most powerful leadership development, culture change, and brand positioning opportunity.
Whether your company is considering working parent support for the first time or is already a recognized leader looking to re-evaluate current offerings, our tailored consulting services will help you
- craft your unique parental leave strategy and roll out;
- develop a paid leave policy that reflects your company vision and mission while considering state and national laws;
- develop appropriate data collection strategies to measure impact and drive success,
- understand the implications of new policy and practice from all sides, including potential pitfalls and how to avoid them;
- consider risk management implications and position appropriately;
- develop effective communication plans that demonstrate your leave leadership internally and externally; and
- attract and retain key talent.
Our nine years of experience in the U.S. and internationally, combined with our global network of collaborative experts and our evidence-based framework, helps you avoid risks associated with ad-hoc leave policies and provides your valuable employees with truly supportive leave policies and practices proven to help them perform at their best during their parental leave transition.
The results speak for themselves: improved retention, morale, and productivity that solidifies your reputation as an employer of choice.
Together, we can shape the change to come.
RETAIN Coaching is more than a work-life benefit. Our flagship program is a customized leadership development and employee support experience that engages sustained commitment through collaboration, open communication, and action planning.
Our RETAIN model provides a set framework to track and replicate results, yet is customized to each client’s unique situation. This flexible foundation allows our RETAIN certified coaches to capitalize on emergent leadership development opportunities, while also guiding the client through the more predictable challenges experienced during this major work and life transition.
The full RETAIN program includes a standardized multi-step process over 9-12 months. Our systemic approach requires the active participation of the person going on leave, as well as their manager and an organizational representative (such as HR) at specific points. Other internal or external stakeholders may be included as necessary.
With methods rooted in organizational behavior, leadership development, and work-life research, we offer both maternity coaching and paternity coaching. Our programs recognize that mothers and fathers navigate different cultural expectations and assumptions about their roles at work and at home.
Our structured RETAIN sessions help clients hone their leadership skills, reduce stress, resolve conflicts and develop a strategy for their careers unique to their short term priorities as well as their long term career focus.
RETAIN Couples Coaching
After repeatedly being asked if we could offer RETAIN directly to couples we have developed our first, and currently our only, “direct to individual” product.
Our RETAIN Couples Coaching helps dual income couples develop a strategy for managing competing priorities with transparency and openness.
Developed as a five session package, this series allow partners to work together to implement a mutually beneficial structured plan to help them navigate the complex and often competing demands of a dual parental leave transition.
Research & Analysis
We love data.
Data tells the story of where you’ve been and ensures you end up where you want to be. It’s our most powerful tool for implementing successful changes to your parental leave program.
Our work is built upon creative, meticulous research so you can make thoughtful, solid decisions.
Our comprehensive approach to data collection includes an array of products, such as:
- Custom Parental Leave Research Programs
- RETAIN Lead on Leave Audit
- RETAIN Parental Leave Research Roundtable
- Expecting to Work -Continuous Improvement
- Ongoing Research Projects and Partners
See our Research page for more details.
Training & Education
A new toolkit for a new culture.
We partner with some of the best research minds in the field to create impactful, memorable, and transformative learning.
Our training topics can be tailored to fit different audiences and formats, including full or half-day workshops, lunch and learn talks, webinars, online training modules, and panel discussions.
Our training catalog includes:
Family-Supportive Supervisory Behavior (FSSB)*
Developed by Drs. Leslie Hammer and Ellen Kossek, this evidence-
based suite of services includes assessment measures and online training designed to teach supervisors and managers how to ease work/life conflict and better meet the needs of the changing workforce.
The FSSB training has been tested across multiple industries and found to improve the health and well-being of workers and the organizations in which they work. FSSB research has been supported by grants from the National Institute of Health and the Centers for Disease Control. A parental leave specific FSSB module is in collaborative development and will be read to pilot soon.
(*All Family Supportive Supervisory Behaviors© (FSSB) content and related intellectual property such as the FSSB related FSST©, is the sole property of our partner organization, Work Life Help LLC© 2015, and is specifically owned by its creators, Leslie B. Hammer and Ellen Ernst Kossek, Ph.D.)
6-S System for Transition Success
Created by Dr. Amy Beacom, in collaboration with and building upon the work of, Dr. Nancy Schlossberg (the creator of Transition Theory) and Stephanie Kay, our 6-S approach helps expectant parents learn how to increase their assets and decrease their liabilities to make parental leave more manageable and enjoyable, while significantly increasing their odds of transition success. This training is also useful to managers as it provides a developmental framework and shared language for parental leave facilitation.
RETAIN Orientation & Certification
This customized two-part training is a way to quickly embed your parental leave change goals throughout your organization.
Phase 1: Our RETAIN Orientation workshop is a way to educate multiple constituents (usually managers and HR representatives) about the RETAIN process and your company’s unique parental leave objectives, support products, and practices.
Phase 2: Our RETAIN Certification is a facilitated experiential learning process that takes place when the manager/HR rep supports his or her first employee throughout their RETAIN parental leave program. Managers/HR reps who complete both phases receive RETAIN certification credentials demonstrating their parental leave leadership.
Our training catalog is always expanding as new topics come to the fore. Topics have included:
- Leadership Lessons of Parenthood
- Balance or Boundaries?
- Forget Balance. Know Your 5-P’s
- Parental Leave: Trend, Fad, or Requirement?
- Parental Leave Research to Practice
- Expecting to Work? Career Planning for Parents
- Preparing for Leave? Plan Your Return
- Back to Work. Now What?
- Leave Lessons
- Daddy Complex
- Breastfeeding Basics
- Working Parent 101
- Lean In or Let Go?
- Perfecting Your Case for Partnership
To learn more about how our services can benefit your company, please contact us.