Detroit-based music company, Handleman Co., hosts impromptu concerts in the lobby and gives free CDs to employees. Such perks landed the firm on a list of 60 "Cool Places to Work" in Michigan. But cool wasn't cutting it for the company's working moms, who wanted more flexibility after having babies.
So Handleman's Diversity Committee designed a "transition plan" for new moms that allows them to ease back into the workplace after an extended time off.
Now, the company allows mothers to extend the 12 weeks ofby an unpaid month and come back part-time for two months after that. Once their full-time shifts begin, they can flex their hours so they earn an extra day off every week, or they can opt for permanent part-time hours.
The result: Currently, 87 percent of the women who take advantage of the extended leave and flexible hours opt to return to work after childbirth. Before the program started, just half of the new moms returned.
Contact: Mark Albrecht, VP of human resources, Handleman Co., firstname.lastname@example.org.
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