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Ep 418: A Mindful Return

For many people who take parental leave, returning to work can be a very challenging time where they are not getting the support they need from their employer. So what should employers be doing to support new parents, particularly when talent retention is such a big issue?


My guest this week is Lori Mihalich-Levin, founder of Mindful Return. Mindful Return is an organisation focused on helping parents and employers manage effective transitions back into the workplace, and Lori has some valuable insights to share.


In the interview, we discuss:


  • The common issues and difficulties for parents returning to work after parental leave


  • The dangers of managers making assumptions


  • What are employers getting wrong


  • The importance of dialogue


  • Making the transition an intentional and thoughtful process


  • A mindful mindset, logistics, leadership and community


  • Skills


  • Culture, belonging and retention


  • What are the best employers doing


  • What does the future of flexible working look like?



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