The Parental Leave Playbook: 10 Touchpoints to Transition Smoothly, Strengthen Your Family, and Continue Building your Career

  • 4h 36m
  • Amy Beacom, Sue Campbell
  • John Wiley & Sons (US)
  • 2021

Support your growing family without losing professional ground―a proven approach

The Parental Leave Playbook helps parents take control of their leave and make the most of what's considered a career timeout, but is actually a vital "time-in" for your life. If you're an expecting or new parent concerned about how your leave and return plans will affect your visibility, candidacy for promotion, work relationships, and performance (not to mention your identity and home life), this book will guide you into the smoothest transition possible. Most importantly, this book will help you as you grow and strengthen yourself and your family while remaining a professional.

In The Parental Leave Playbook, you'll learn Dr. Amy Beacom's innovative R.E.T.A.I.N. framework and the three-phase, ten-touchpoint model, to coach yourself through the leave process. Beacom identifies the critical points before, during, and after leave where parents and managers must work together, and explains how parents can facilitate success by finessing the way they approach their manager and colleagues. These models are supported by case studies from the author's work in the field with leading organizations like Microsoft, and supplemented by resources such as the evidence-based Parental Leave Transition Assessment (PLTA) sample report, leave action plan templates, reflection prompts, and development exercises to enhance self-awareness and skills.

You'll learn how to:

  • Communicate your parental leave plans effectively and at the right time
  • Set expectations with managers and colleagues to ensure a smooth transition
  • Learn how to maintain visibility, avoid being replaced, and continue your upward career trajectory during your parental leave and beyond
  • Grow and strengthen your family without sacrificing your professional gains

All working parents-to-be can benefit from the ideas and proven tools in this direct and practical book.

In this Book

  • Parental Leave is a Mess—Let's Fix It!
  • The 10A Transition Touchpoints Framework
  • Phase 1: Preparing for Leave Overview
  • Touchpoint 1 Announcement
  • Touchpoint 2 Assess
  • Touchpoint 3 Action Plan
  • Touchpoint 4 Acknowledge the Transition to Parenthood
  • Phase 2: During Leave Overview
  • Touchpoint 5 Appropriately Keep in Touch
  • Touchpoint 6 Advocate
  • Touchpoint 7 Arrangements for Return
  • Phase 3: Returning from Leave Overview
  • Touchpoint 8 Acknowledge the Transition to Working Parent
  • Touchpoint 9 Adjustment
  • Touchpoint 10 Access to Career Development
  • Additional Challenges and Resources