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Our fast-paced training days are designed to support current and future working parents and those who manage them. We also run strategic sessions for HRDs, senior business partners and heads of specialist function who are reviewing their internal working parent offering in light of next generation expectations and commercial drivers.

A fast-paced strategic session for those reviewing their working parent offering in light of next-generation expectations and commercial drivers. Explore how to build your employer brand, and support your organisation’s diversity and wellbeing goals.

This day is for you if you are:

  • Reviewing parental leave policies and your EVP
  • Improving return to work experiences after parental leave
  • Benchmarking your organisation
  • Looking to maximise the value of your existing benefits
  • Effecting culture change throughout the organisation
  • Building your business case for implementing a new offering

Agenda and Info

Understanding the landscape

An overview of current trends and data to inform your thinking on the working parent strategy that will align with your commercial and cultural needs:

  • How are legislative developments impacting employers and working parents?
  • What are the current trends in best practice?
  • How are wellbeing and inclusion goals influencing working parent strategies?
  • What is the impact of millennial parenting values and the rise of dual career couples at work?
  • What are the common barriers that prevent a genuine culture of support?
  • How are organisations integrating their working parent offer with or distinguishing it from support for those with caring responsibilities or taking sabbaticals?

Developing a strategy

A practical session to apply the morning’s learning in your organisational context. Whether your working parent offering is well established or only beginning to get senior buy-in, this session will move your thinking on and give you the opportunity to plan your next steps, from outlining an improved strategy, to designing implementation, gaining stakeholder buy-in, developing a communication plan and identifying the measures of success.

Notes

An active understanding of your organisation’s context will help you get the most out of the day. Prior to the session, you will receive a list of data and documentation that may be useful to bring along. You can expect to leave with a plan for next steps, a list of outstanding questions and data gaps, ideas for measuring a return and useful review points.

The session will be led by Helen Lamb and Lindsay Chadwick.

  • Helen has worked in HR for nearly 20 years. Her experience ranges from specialist resource in large HR teams in blue chip companies, such as RBS and PA Consulting Group, to broad delivery in fast-paced technology industries and strategic consultancy for fast-growth SMEs. She has an MA in Economics & Management Studies from Cambridge University and Chartered membership of the CIPD.

  • Lindsay is a commercial lawyer by background and previously worked for The Sunday Times Fast Track, analysing privately-owned fast-growth companies. She is a qualified coach with an interest in the development of early stage talent. In 2018 she won a prize from the Said Business School for presenting the case for better support for millennial working parents. She studied Modern History at Oxford University, and won a scholarship placement to Princeton University as well as prizes for her work on privacy law.

Discount group bookings available. Email [email protected].

Future-proofing your working parent offering

For HRDs, senior business partners and heads of specialist functions

6 December
9:30 am - 2:00 pm
London
£495
A strategic session for those reviewing their working parent offering in light of next-generation expectations and commercial drivers. Explore how to build your employer brand, and support your organisation's diversity and wellbeing goals.
You have booked this event.
Cost
£495

A one-day development intervention for those considering or entering the early phases of working parenthood. Get to grips with navigating parental leave, organising childcare, common career concerns and strategies for managing wellbeing over the working parent lifecycle.

Agenda and Info

An introduction to the working parent lifecycle

  • How different phases of the working parent lifecycle look and what you may need to do at each stage
  • An overview of common concerns about parental leave and returning to work

Understanding parental leave policies

  • Knowing your company offering and how to make it work for you
  • Understanding your legal obligations and entitlements
  • Navigating conversations with managers

Getting to grips with your finances

  • Understanding what you will be paid on leave
  • An overview of the costs involved with raising children and childcare
  • An introduction to possible financial support and tax-free childcare
  • The connection between financial pressure and wellbeing, and strategies to manage potential stress
  • Why navigating pay can be tricky over the working parent years

Managing your career over the working parent years

  • Recognition that we are all different - and of the benefits of the career long-game and fast-track
  • Ensuring career decisions are considered and thoughtful rather than a reaction to immediate pressure
  • Coaching questions to help you find the right approach for you
  • How to plan for and manage work travel, promotions, being a dual career couple, being a single parent
  • Common career worries and strategies for managing them
  • How not to be the working parent everyone hates

Protecting your wellbeing

  • Why is your wellbeing at risk in the early days of working parenthood?
  • Practical strategies for managing lack of sleep and avoiding burnout
  • Particular trigger areas such as returning from leave, childcare fails and new career roles
  • Knowing when wellbeing concerns may be mental health concerns and where to get help

Changing your working patterns

  • Deciding if flexible working is right for you
  • Managing remote or agile working
  • Handling change and welcoming feedback
  • Understanding common challenges and how to overcome them

The basics of childcare

  • Why is childcare so important for working parents, and what are the common pitfalls?
  • Understanding all the options and how to make the right decision for you
  • The importance of back-ups plans
  • Handling childcare during work travel and relocations

Handling conversations with confidence

  • Practical tips for setting up and having constructive conversations with your boss over everything from parental leave to career plans and flexible working
  • Common pitfalls and how to avoid them
  • How to follow-up and communicate well

Getting to grips with where help is on offer

  • A summary of where internal support can be accessed including useful contacts
  • An introduction to the Parent Scheme platform and in-depth content and support available throughout the working parent lifecycle

Notes

All our training days are tailored to ensure a deep understanding of the organisational context in which participants are operating. Facilitators use a coaching based approach that recognises and encourages individual differences. The focus is on practical and challenging learning with useful takeaways.

Discount group bookings available. Email [email protected].

A beginner's guide to being a working parent

For current and future working parents

TBC
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
London
£495
A one-day development intervention for those considering or entering the early phases of working parenthood. Get to grips with navigating parental leave, organising childcare, common career concerns and strategies for managing wellbeing over the working parent lifecycle.
Enquire
You have booked this event.
Cost
£495

A one-day development intervention for those managing working parents in their teams. Get to grips with the business case for managing employees in this career phase well, strategies for handling common career and wellbeing struggles and how to manage without bias.

Agenda and Info

Why does how we manage working parents matter?

  • Overview of the business case for managing working parents well, including nuanced explanations of potential implications for recruitment, retention, gender pay gaps, diverse leadership teams, wellbeing strategies and a strong employer brand etc.
  • Exploration of issues specific to your workforce demographics and culture together with wider issues for all organisations caused by generational differences in the workplace, millennial and generation Z values, and the rise in dual career couples

What does it look like to manage working parents well?

  • Knowing the working parent lifecycle and what effective support might look like at each stage
  • Recognising the potential pitfalls for bias and developing strategies to avoid this
  • Handling the parental leave process
  • Knowing different types of parental leave and what your organisation offers
  • Understanding the common challenges of taking periods of leave and returning to work
  • Building a personal strategy to help your team plan for parental leave, confirming their preferences for contact whilst on leave and managing their return to work
  • Understanding the rise in flexible working and the business case for supporting it
  • Handling flexible working conversations
  • Managing a flexible-worker well over the working parent years
  • Finding alternatives when flexible working isn’t an option

Recognising and managing common wellbeing challenges for working parents

  • The connection between the common working parent struggles of financial pressures, lack of sleep, emotional vulnerability and increased personal responsibilities with wellbeing challenges
  • Specific challenges for working parents created by social media and a constantly connected world
  • How to identify and manage those who are struggling, and where to find further support for managers and employees

Common career concerns of working parents and how to address them

  • Understanding how and why working parents may need additional support when considering promotions, work travel or relocations
  • Specific focus on the change in identity and confidence levels over the parental leave period and what good management may look like
  • Affirming the business case for more timely management strategies that build long term loyalty and a strong employer brand

Notes

All our training days are tailored to ensure a deep understanding of the organisational context in which participants are operating. Facilitators use a coaching based approach that recognises and encourages individual differences. The focus is on practical and challenging learning with useful takeaways.

Discount group bookings available. Email [email protected].

Managing working parents

For line managers

TBC
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
London
£495
A one-day development intervention for those managing working parents in their teams. Get to grips with the business case for managing employees in this career phase well, strategies for handling common career and wellbeing struggles and how to manage without bias.
Enquire
You have booked this event.
Cost
£495

Get in touch

Keen to find out more, or be informed of future events? We would be delighted to hear from you.
Drop us a line at [email protected].