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Retaining Working Mothers in Japan – Part 4: Practical Logistics

In this fourth and final part of the series, Retaining Working Mothers in Japan series (Introduction, Communication during Childcare Leave, Smooth On-ramping for Working Mothers, Normalising Flexibility) we look at some of the practical considerations when mothers of young children are on your team. Facilities for nursing mothers Is your returning mother still nursing? What … Continue reading Retaining Working Mothers in Japan – Part 4: Practical Logistics

Retaining Working Mothers in Japan – Part 3: Normalising Flexibility

In the 3rd part of the 4 part Retaining Working Mothers in Japan series (Introduction, Communication during Childcare Leave, Smooth On-ramping for Working Mothers), we focus on a mindset that is going to support the work/life balance of your whole team. This will pay dividends in terms of productivity, retention and motivation for all your … Continue reading Retaining Working Mothers in Japan – Part 3: Normalising Flexibility

Retaining Working Mothers in Japan – Part 2: Smooth on-ramping

In Part 2 of the 4 part series on Retaining Working Mothers in Japan (Introduction and Part 1: Communication during Childcare Leave), I share some current best practices to make the on-ramping after childcare leave a little smoother: 1. On-board like a new hire If your employee has taken 1 year leave (which may be extended to … Continue reading Retaining Working Mothers in Japan – Part 2: Smooth on-ramping

Retaining Working Mothers in Japan – Part 1: Communication during Childcare Leave

In the first part of the four part series on retaining working mothers in Japan, I focus on how having smooth communication with your employee during childcare leave. Find the rest of the series here. Part 1: Communication during Childcare Leave To facilitate a smooth return, it is important that the working mother on your … Continue reading Retaining Working Mothers in Japan – Part 1: Communication during Childcare Leave

April 2017 Lean In Creating Change Events

I've been facilitating Lean In Circles in English since 2015. Each group meets monthly and has a maximum of 12 members. The meetings are completely free thanks to our venue sponsors and are part of my CSR activities to support women's empowerment in Japan. Lean In Tokyo Girls on Fire For professional, English-speaking women currently … Continue reading April 2017 Lean In Creating Change Events

Early blooming sakura

The cherry blossom season for 2017 has officially started in Tokyo. Media channels are becoming saturated with pink blossoms and the Shinkais are preparing for our annual hanami at Sumidakoen in our beloved shitamachi. The coming of spring is always a wonderful time of new beginnings and fresh energy. All this talk of sakura reminded … Continue reading Early blooming sakura

Worry less, do more: your circle of influence

I'm stuck in a limbo like many parents in Japan this month. What will my childcare situation look like in April? Will my daughter get accepted into the same onsite after-school care or is she going to be shifted to a different location? Is she going to have to walk 15 minutes on her own … Continue reading Worry less, do more: your circle of influence