Soon we will offer access to a global network of FamSmart role model examples – contact us and we will get back to you when it is ready for launch.
Meanwhile – regardless maturity level in your organization: apply to be part of the case map and share your own story.
Stefan Hollmark, Father of 3 and Director of Tyresö Municipality, former CEO at Telge Corp, Sweden
”Becoming a parent is a natural part of life, as is being on parental leave. We have hired pregnant women on several occasions. When we recruit someone our main goal is to hire the one that will perform the most in the long run. Viewing children and pregnancies as something negative feels strange. Being a parent is positive and brings about personal growth. As a parent one develops several different skills that if used in the right way can improve the company’s results and goal achievements.”
Yoshihasa Aono, Father of 3, CEO at Cybozu, Japan
“I have very positive experiences from my three paternity leaves. Since I started taking a lot more time for my family I have changed my views. Now I have large social networks, in corporate culture and education, and I think about things I have never thought of before, as medical systems and politics for example. It has definitely a positive effect on my career and my company. The company goal now is to solve social problems.”
Joakim Ströberg, Father of 3, on paternity leaves when working as marketing manager at Telge Corp, Sweden
“The company initiatives made me feel strengthened in my decision to take parental leave and I feel a strong loyalty towards a company that not only accepts that, but also is proactive in the matter. During my paternity leave I discovered a number of links between parenthood and leadership – things that I hadn’t thought of. I will use the mindset in my leadership forward, to motivate, keep and develop my employees, using ALL their competence.”
Family Smart/Parentsmart Employee: Anna Strömberg, Mother of 4, during her time as an analyst at Nordea, Sweden
“I have got another perspective on my work and am thus better at accepting defeat without losing focus or motivation and drive. Improved self-esteem and greater distance to work has also made me braver. I dare to say what I want, dare to give and ask for feedback to a greater extent and dare to question decisions and practices. A straighter attitude towards colleagues and managers has also made me a better negotiator, which has opened many doors both professionally and for me personally. “