How Companies Want To Help New Parents Return to Work

By: Anneken Tappe · February 05, 2024 · Reading Time: 2 minutes

Returning to work after having a baby can be tough. Between the monumental change at home, less sleep or personal time, and higher costs wherever you look, to-do lists at work rarely get shorter.

The stress of returning to work can bring anxiety and feelings of not being good enough. Employers want to help change that.

How Reboarding Works

In 2023, some 40% of organizations offered their employees paid maternity leave, and 32% offered paid paternity leave, according to a survey fromSociety for Human Resource Management. But some businesses are taking it a step beyond paid leave.

Some employers put in place reboarding programs designed to ease the transition back to work. These programs provide emotional support and help reacclimate employees in the months and weeks following their return from parental leave.

The importance of parental benefits may be even more pronounced than it used to be as a growing number of companies strive to reestablish in-person workforces.

Employees say these programs made them feel more confident in their return to work and made them feel capable of being both a leader in the workplace and a parent at home. With employee retention a noted issue for many U.S. companies in recent years, reboarding programs could be an important component to cultivating a content workforce and a healthy business.

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