Consulting firm’s ‘Full circle’ program lets new moms put careers on hold for 5 years

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Posted on home page from Aug. 7 to 14, 2007 (not included as an HR Weekly story)

At New York-based PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), the HR staff realized there was a group of women who wanted to step out of the work force and into parenthood for a number of years while keeping their jobs, says Jennifer Allyn, managing director of PwC’s office of diversity.

That realization led to the creation of the “Full Circle” program, which offers five years’ unpaid leave to new parents and elder caregivers.

Twenty women have taken the leave since the program’s launch last July. The company foots the bill for yearly training and certifications so they can stay current in their professions.

Each participant is assigned a coach so she can keep up-to-date on company happenings and changes in the workplace.

This allows PwC to retain its top talent while offering employees “a new career path that you can step in and step out of without the consequence that it’s career suicide,” Allyn says.

She says the program has gotten great feedback and opened up conversations about other flexible options for employees.
Contact: Jennifer Allyn at (646) 471-2715.

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