L’Oréal Australia said in a statement, they will create a full support program for all of the working parents. The new program will cover pregnancy, giving birth, staying connected and parental leave.
“We understand that transitioning back to work for new parents can be very stressful and hence it is the greatest reason many don’t return to work at all, or only return for a short time,” said Amber Kristof, director of HR L’Oréal Australia and New Zealand.
“This is why we believe it is essential to support returning parents through partner programs such as Circle In. [It] gives access to practical information from managing the process of going on parental leave to offering support and connection back into the business while a parent is on leave, to finally providing encouragement to re-join the workforce when the time is right.”
L’Oréal’s ‘Stay in Touch program’ includes a customised portal, manager toolkit, data and insights and real stories. It focuses on Control – understanding entitlements and actively preparing for and managing the parental leave journey; Connectedness – staying connected to proactively maintain important relationships and Care – taking care of mental health while juggling parenthood and work. The cosmetics giant said it has increased flexible work arrangements and 14 weeks Carers Leave for both men and women.
“L’Oréal Australia is committed to ensuring new parents are given every opportunity to stay connected with the business while they are on parental leave. The Circle In program is helping [us] ensure that all members of our team feel that they can balance being parents and be active members of our business even while they are away from the business,” said Rodrigo Pizarro, managing director L’Oréal Australia and New Zealand.
Circle In supports working parents with their parental leave journey and once they’ve returned to work. It was co-founded by Jodi Geddes and Kate Pollard.