by Robert Glazer
Originally published: May 10, 2016
When employees go on leave, "What would we do without you?" is more than just a theoretical question.
Nearly 80% of my company is comprised of women in their late 20s to 40s, which means that up to 20% of our workforce could be on maternity leave at any given time. Rather than see this as an obstacle, we chose to embrace the opportunity to create a maternity leave policy that works for both employees and the company.
Starting out, our organization was so small we didn’t have a formal procedure on the books. But we’d heard about other small companies facing problems because they lacked parental leave policies. So, once our staff reached 10 to 15 people—and two of them became pregnant around the same time—we began developing the parental leave policy we have in place now, which offers new parents a total of up to eight weeks of paid leave and an additional four unpaid.