Who this packet is for

This packet is for expectant parents and their managers.

Purpose of this packet

By the end of this packet the parent-to-be will know:

  1. Your company’s parental leave policies and resources

  2. How to develop a transition into parental leave plan

  3. How to prepare for the return to work

🤔 Why are these items included?

Having a clear plan to transition out of and back to work, as well as clear information on parental leave policies and flexible work, alleviates stress for the expectant parent and helps them to feel supported.

By the end of this packet their manager will know:

  1. How to develop a transition into parental leave plan

  2. How to establish a communication plan for during parental leave

  3. How to create a flexible return to work plan

  4. How to create a 30- and 90-day return to work plan

  5. Conversation topics to address and to avoid

🤔 Why are these items included?

Simply put, most managers have little experience supporting someone who is going out on parental leave. It’s unlikely they have developed the resources or structure to support employees who go on leave. This packet provides them the tools they need to effectively plan.

Length of time covered

This packet covers from 4-5 months before an expectant parent would go on leave to the week of their return to work.

Pyns included in this packet

This packet includes 9 Pyns (4 for expectant parents and 5 for managers).

How to use this packet

In order to customize this packet to your company:

  • Personalize the language to fit your company’s style (e.g., if you have a special term for new starters or what you call your employees, formal v informal tone, etc).

  • Add company photos to the headings

  • Complete sections where you see information requested in brackets with your own company’s information or links (e.g., for the Pyns in this packet you should add information about your company’s specific parental leave policies, lactation policy, parent resources, parent groups, flexible work policies, etc)

Do's and Don'ts

Do

  • Personalize these Pyns to fit your company’s style and lingo

  • Add company photos to the headings of your Pyns

  • Be sure to fill in any bracketed information like [date of review deadline] or [day of the week] that you see in the Pyn

  • Complete sections where you see “Pyn note to HR” with your own company’s information or links

  • Make sure your content is timely, specific, actionable and direct

Don’t

  • Send more than 2 messages per week

  • Send overly long or detailed messages

  • Send Pyns too far in advance of when the information it contains will be needed

  • Create Pyns with vague titles and descriptions

  • Be too formal in your communications. Feel free to use pronouns like “we” and “I”

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