How I Insisted on a Maternity Leave Policy From a Company That Didn’t Have OneFeatured

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This is amazing. Thank you so much for sharing.I recently made the decision to want children and looked into my current job’s policies: they have none. How do you recommend reaching out to HR when you are not even pregnant?I also started job hunting specifically for a company that offers great benefits ( never thought my life would come to that, but also kicking myself for not thinking about this sooner). I wish Glassdoor would offer more transparency on parental benefits and that there was more transparency from company to company. In interviewing, it’s impossible to ask about their leave policy already, isn’t it? I appreciate this post! Thank you and glad you made it through to the other side!
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Thanks for reading and big congrats on making such a big decision @GinaVriens! I didn't think I wanted to or would have children for a long time, so I know what it's like to make that decision happily...but then also realize you didn't necessarily plan for it. hahaWhen it comes to your first question about reaching out to HR even though you're not pregnant: I'd say do it!! If you wanted to give context (which you absolutely don't have to), but if you did, you could say something like, "I'm looking to do some family planning for my future, and I'd love to know what policies you have in place to support working parents from parental leave to a flexible work schedule or anything in between."But you could also simply reach out to HR and say, "I'm looking for the company's maternity or parental leave policy. Could you point me in the right direction?" You don't have to share personal details if you don't want to. And when it comes to your second question(ish) about asking about the leave policy as you're interviewing: I say it's not too early!! I think it's all about being transparent about what you value so you can see if what you prioritize in a job matches what the potential company is looking for. So as you're interviewing, I don't think it's out of line to say, "Family is important to me, and I wondered if you have any policies in place to support working parents like flex schedules, parental leave, etc." I 1000% understand the fear of thinking that you may not get a role if you ask too many questions or are open about the fact that you may want to become a mom in the near-future. But if that disqualifies you, it's not a good fit. They don't deserve you, honey!
GinaVriens's profile thumbnail
Great advice!
GinaVriens's profile thumbnail
Also, I just asked my current company! Scary and exciting. I can’t thank you enough for talking about this!
ashlystewart's profile thumbnail
I’m so glad! It is scary and exciting, but so worth it. 😊
GinaVriens's profile thumbnail
Would you be interested in connecting on this for a brainstorming conversation? I’ve been wondering if this is a pay it fwd project to work on…
ashlystewart's profile thumbnail
I’d love to connect! Here’s my email address: stageashly@gmail.com.
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Wow. Well done and congratulations on taking the steps needed and getting the maternity leave and paternity leave sorted. Being in Ireland I’ve never had to think about a lack of maternity leave - it’s a statutory right. Even if a company doesn’t have a policy there are minimum legal requirements. Even bigger kudos for writing this post so that others can use your experience. Thank you.
ashlystewart's profile thumbnail
Thanks so much for your encouragement. I’m so glad you live in a country where you’re protected by legal requirements. I hope we get there!Also, I spent part of my honeymoon in Ireland, and loved it. I want to go back soon. 😊
chloefield's profile thumbnail
Wowee! This is just remarkable, a huge congrats to you and for being so persistent in your fight for parental leave ✊🏼
ashlystewart's profile thumbnail
Thanks, Chloe!
AgataSumowska's profile thumbnail
Power to you for taking this on and creating change. It's ridiculous it's still this hard.
AgataSumowska's profile thumbnail
we need a systematic change!
ashlystewart's profile thumbnail
Thanks Agata! You’re right. The change needs to be systematic.
mprat's profile thumbnail
Congratulations for getting the leave policy worked out for your company. It's not just benefiting you, it's for everyone else who follows in your footsteps. You should be proud of being a catalyst for change!Thank you for sharing your experience to give others th confidence to do it.
ashlystewart's profile thumbnail
Thanks so much for your encouragement!
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@ashlystewart this is incredible. Thank you for sharing. I can’t believe we still have to fight for this in the 21st century.