Early adopter in Sweden, pilot initiative example 2010:
Program for employees on parental leave
– Parentsmart parental leave: gatherings once a month.
– Parentsmart new start: monthly lunch meetings to kick-in employees from parental leave into their new role as working parents.
”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.”
Stefan Hollmark, Father of 3 and Director of Tyresö Municipality, former CEO at Telge Corp, Sweden