What to Do When 20 Percent of Your Staff Is Pregnant

As an entrepreneur, you often abide by the mantra: “Be the change you want to see in the world.” But what if that backfires?

Consider the example of Sandra Fathi. When the Affect president had her first baby, she wasn’t the president of anything–just an employee–and the experience left much to be desired. “I was told I could not be promoted because I had been out of work for three months, and it wouldn’t look right, even though I had done the work and was eligible,” she says. “I left within six months, because I knew they didn’t respect me or value my contributions.”

So, she vowed when she founded her own marketing and public relations firm that her employees would have a different experience. Fathi got her views on maternity leave and family accommodations tested when four out of Affect’s 20 employees got pregnant in the same year. So, what does a company do when such a large percentage of employees is having life-changing events at the same time?

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5 thoughts on “What to Do When 20 Percent of Your Staff Is Pregnant

  1. When I was a Peace Corps volunteer, two of the five staff at my agency were both out at the same time for three months of maternity leave – full salary. So not only could we not hire temporary help, the rest of us had to pick up all of their work.

    Maternity leave can be very, very hard on a small business.

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