It is vital that your managers understand and accept their responsibility to support workers who are going on, or returning from, maternity leave.  Otherwise you will lose talented women you could have retained, and will certainly never meet your gender diversity goals.  Training managers to play their part, by supporting maternity leavers, is a crucial part of your diversity strategy.

Socrates has joined forces with the Working Parent Company to produce lively online training to help your managers be more effective in this area.  It will repay itself many times over through the increased retention of talented staff.  Call us for a trial to see how it can help your organisation.

The training includes the following elements.

MODULE 1:  Supporting the Maternity Leaver

Why this is important, ethically and commercially

The cost of losing staff, and the positive effect of gender diversity on business performance

Your role and responsibility

The legal duties and timeline

Practical scenarios, including

  • what to do when she breaks the news
  • health issues and antenatal care
  • arranging cover
  • her departure
  • KIT days

Plus a quiz, to check people have understood the key points.

MODULE 2:  Supporting the Maternity Returner

Committed vs undecided returners

The timeline

Understanding how she feels

Requests for flexible working

Practical scenarios including

  • avoiding “the mummy track”
  • the “set up to fail syndrome”
  • challenging dinosaurs in your organisation
  • handling problem cases

Paternity rights, including the new Shared Parental Leave system

Plus a quiz, to check understanding.

Each module can be taken at just the moment when its messages are most relevant.

Your HR team can see online who has done the training and passed the quizzes.

Contact us for details on 020 7586 6199 or email us

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