One of the happiest major life events that early to mid-career employees experience is having children. Yet, this experience usually comes when employees are building their careers, which poses a question of how to successfully navigate parental leaves and careers. Traditionally, this phenomenon has been faced predominantly by women, but recent society changes suggest an increasing number of men are taking parental leaves as well. As such, understanding how leaves influence one's career and identifying strategies to better manage parental leaves and careers is critical for contemporary employees, managers and organizations. This webinar will discuss research-based evidence on the effects of parental leaves on both men and women, as well as navigation strategies that can be employed by parents, managers, organizations, and policy-making bodies.
By the end of this course, you should be able to:
- Compare and contrast the effects of longer parental on women's careers vs. men's careers.
- Identify strategies that the parent can employ to mitigate the negative effects of parental leaves on careers.
- Identify strategies that managers and organizations can employ to navigate and support parents and their careers during and after the parental leave period.
Duration: 60 minutes
Closed Caption: English
Ivona Hideg is Canada Research Chair in Organizational Leadership and Associate Professor in the Lazaridis School of Business and Economics at Wilfrid Laurier University. She is also a Women in Public Policy Program Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School. Ivona's research focuses on workplace diversity, equality, and inclusion. Her research has been published in leading academic journals and has been featured in media outlets such as the Harvard Business Review, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, New York Times, and Huffington Post, among many others. She is a frequent guest speaker on radio programs, and she wrote an influential op-ed in the Globe and Mail about impacts of maternity leave policies on gender equality. She provided consultation to the federal government of Canada on parental leave policies and the recruitment of women into the Canadian Armed Forces. She holds a PhD from the University of Toronto and is a proud mom of two young children.