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”

Resilience II – Spartan Sprint 2017

After Tokyo Marathon, it’s time to take on a new challenge and this time raise ¥400,000 for Resilience. On May 27th, the first Spartan Sprint ever will be held in Tokyo. Whilst the 7km run is no problem for me, I’ve never done any strength training in my life! With no regular access to aContinue reading “Resilience II – Spartan Sprint 2017”

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