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Parental Leave - Following the Trend

Posted by Nadine Walsh on Wed, Aug 12, 2015



 We often use the term "family comes first" to help prioritise our social lives. However, with parental leave receiving a lot of media attention of late, an increasing number of modern organisations are quickly adjusting to that mantra. Just last week, Netflix introduced a new measure to ensure new parents are accommodated, providing employees with "an unlimited leave policy for new moms and dads that allows them to take off as much time as they want during the first year after a child’s birth or adoption"*. In June 2015, Richard Branson of Virgin also extended his policies "I’m very proud that Virgin Management has introduced a new initiative giving all employees in our London and Geneva offices a year’s full pay for shared parental leave." ** Managing parental leave is simple with the right solution. 


For whichever period of time your organisation chooses to allow for parental leave, adequate cover will be needed to ensure there is no gap in your business.With Softworks Schedule Optimiser you can easily create and configure complex schedules that match labour to forecasted demand and map employee tasks with skills and qualifications to cover the work previously done by the person on parental leave.

Flexible Working

Even with extended leave, returning to work after parental leave is difficult with many parents admitting to feeling a sense of guilt. The financial burden of childcare costs along with matching child care/school timetables with work schedules are a major concern for new parents. Flexible working arrangements are proven to reduce stress, fatigue and improve in focus employees. In order to attract and retain top talent, businesses need to be able to respond to employees demand for non-full-time working hours and/or flexible working time schedules that will assist them to balance work and domestic responsibilities.

Returning to Work 

With Softworks Alerter, actionable alerts will trigger a notification to the employee and manager to complete a return to work interview when the individual has returned from parental leave. 

Does your flexible working solution easily accommodate your organisation's parental or maternity leave policies or allow for flexible working?  Talk to one of our specialised consultants today to discuss how Softworks can implement the perfect solution for your business and your employees.


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*Direct quote. See the Netflix blog for more information on why they chose to implement unlimited leave for new parents. 

** See Richard Branson's blog here  on why they chose to extend shared parental leave

Topics: Flexitime / Flexible Working Hours Arrangement, Parental Leave, Maternity Leave, Netflix, Returning To Work