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”
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”
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 (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”
We’ve all had the pop-up that informs us “This upgrade is incomplete”. We’ve all felt the accompanying sinking feeling when we realise that despite all that effort we need to reboot and start all over again…and what on earth is my password!?!
Last week I had a full body check up on my moles. I think this must be in my personal Guiness Book of World Records for “Longest period of procrastination”. About five years ago my colleague was diagnosed with skin cancer. At that time I said, “I should get that checked out.” My colleague toldContinue reading “Procrastination “
Grab a paper and pen and answer these five questions honestly. I am ready to fully commit to changing my life – Answer Yes or No I am open to suggestions from my coach – Answer Yes or No I am ready to take the action necessary to get what I want – Answer Yes orContinue reading “Are you ready for coaching?”
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”