HR Tip of The week: 5 Ways companies can support expecting employees!
Make the benefits process easy.
Companies who want to support pregnant employees should start by looking at their benefits documentation, and strive to make it as simple and accessible as possible.
Create Support Networks
Create communities where parents and parents-to-be can share openly about their experiences and seek support (they need it!).
Educate employees on the “Are you Pregnant?” Question.
Start a conversation on the right and wrong ways to talk about pregnancy at work. A good rule of thumb is to treat pregnancy like you would any other health condition — and when in doubt, ask what the person is comfortable with.
Make the “Unspoken” explicit.
Instead of making dangerous assumptions about how a pregnant employee wants to be treated or what she would like to take on (or not), managers should have a conversation to get on the same page — and continue talking throughout the pregnancy in case circumstances or preferences change.
If you see a pregnant colleague do something awesome, let them know! I can guarantee even the smallest of positive feedback will be extremely appreciated.