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 yourContinue 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 toContinue 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 yourContinue reading “Retaining Working Mothers in Japan – Part 1: Communication during Childcare Leave”

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 ownContinue reading “Worry less, do more: your circle of influence”

The Happiness Project – Book Review

The Happiness Project (Revised Edition): Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun   As I’ve always been a “glass half full” kind of person and an infuriating optimist, the premise of this book intrigued me. Having had myContinue reading “The Happiness Project – Book Review”

What it feels like to return to work after maternity leave – a message for managers

To all the managers in Japan who have parents returning to work this week… Hang on! Let’s be realistic and start again. To all the managers in Japan who have mothers returning to work this week after maternity leave, Below is a post I shared on a Facebook group last week after I dropped my daughter off for herContinue reading “What it feels like to return to work after maternity leave – a message for managers”