It’s time. We are living in the year of 2014 and it’s time that women and men in the United States have the opportunity to care for their newborn children and not worry about taking the time off UNPAID, worry about their job being the same when they return, or rushing back to work because they cannot afford the time off. The Department of Labor states; “The most important family value of all is time together. With the changing nature of our 21st-century workforce, it’s getting harder and harder to balance the demands of the family you love and the job you need. Change has yet to come to Washington, but momentum is growing in the states: So far, California, Rhode Island and New Jersey have passed paid leave laws. It’s time to update workplace policies that are stuck in the past and give more Americans paid family leave – to take care of sick loved ones and newborn children. It’s time for us to #LeadOnLeave.”
This movement is vital to working parents and professionals that value family. The #LeadOnLeave moment would not only ensure paid maternity/paternity leave but also allow for PTO when a family member is ill. Blissfulmamas supports the Department of Labor’s efforts to #LeadOnLeave and hopes that Massachusetts will be the next state to join California, Rhode Island and New Jersey in on this vital effort. You can read more inspiring stories here http://www.dol.gov/featured/paidleave/
Each year Working Mother puts out a list of the 100 best companies to work for. As a working parent, you can attest to the importance of a support system not just inside the home, but at work too!
I particularly enjoyed this video from AOL regarding their working mother culture. AOL offers leadership development programs, a nationwide women’s network with mentoring circles and workshops and unlimited tuition aid. In addition, mothers-to-be are able to schedule consultations with nurses and lactation experts, take free childbirth classes and parenting courses, join new-mom, parenting and breastfeeding groups. To top it off, there is a full-time onsite child care center in VA.
Please see some additional statistics from http://www.workingmother.com/best-companies/aol-6
Women managers/execs 37%
Women hires in 2013 50%
Average weeks of fully paid maternity leave 6
Average weeks of fully paid paternity leave 2
Average weeks of fully paid leave for adoptive parents 2
Backup child care Yes
Sick child care Yes
Management or leadership training offered Yes
We would love to see more organizations in Boston jump into this culture mindset, where women are encouraged to flourish in their career but also be present and mindful when parenting. All working parents long for the same thing; to have the freedom to work (without guilt) driving their career forward in a successful way and to also be the best parent possible, offering inspiration, love and support to their children.
Blissfulmamas strives to create a networking platform for working women to collaborate and celebrate all that they have accomplished. We are going to be releasing weekly notes with WiLab regarding career topics and look forward to your feedback.
To see the full list of 2014 Working Mother 100 Best Companies List, Please go to: Working Mother http://www.workingmother.com/best-company-list/156592#
Have a Blissful Day!