Parents and managers offered coaching sessions with Talking Talent before they embark on leave

Never has support for parents been so important for employees and employers. The pandemic has not only caused huge childcare headaches for many working parents, but it’s also been very unsettling for those about to become mums and dads for the first time, or for those expecting another baby.

As part of its commitment to gender equality and working parents, Enterprise now provides parental leave coaching sessions with Talking Talent to any of its 5,000+ employees in the UK and Ireland about to become a parent and their managers. This is in addition to the company’s enhanced shared parental and adoption leave, including surrogacy, that matches its maternity leave policy.

The partnership with Talking Talent means that Enterprise employees who are on the road to parenthood now receive specialist coaching support and advice to allow for continued engagement before, during and after leave. This creates an environment in which they feel supported and able to thrive at work and home.

Jill Boone, Director, Talent Development, Enterprise, says: “We want employees to build a very successful career at Enterprise while balancing their parental responsibilities at home as well. Our partnership with Talking Talent helps us do just that.

“We first started working with Talking Talent in 2016, initially trialling their services with small groups of employees. However, we saw the value they gave to our employees and managers, so decided to make that support available to everyone at Enterprise.

“Some managers are unsure of what they can and should be doing to support their employees, but with our group coaching sessions, they come away with concrete plans and actions they can take to provide support to soon-to-be parents.

“They are also able to reassure employees who are headed out on leave the actions they can take to ensure their careers will continue to flourish.”

Talking Talent provides Enterprise managers and employees with coaching, resources and tips that provide peace of mind for those about to go on parental leave or those transitioning back into the workplace.

Enterprise managers are provided with guidance on how to support expectant employees before they leave, advice on how to keep in touch with employees, and how to gently ease them back into the workplace. Employees are given ideas on how to balance dual roles at home and work, how to plan for short-term and long-term goals, and how to build sustainable habits throughout the entire process.

The work that Talking Talent has done so far has already enabled Enterprise to engage with its parents more effectively and helped improve its parental policies. The partnership with Talking Talent affirms Enterprise’s commitment to supporting every working parent.

One Enterprise employee who attended the Talking Talent coaching sessions said: “It really helps you think about your work life and home life and how you can maintain both without being overloaded. I really enjoyed the session.”

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By Lisa Baker, Senior Editor

Senior Editor Lisa Baker is the owner of Need to See it Publishing Group, providing contract news for business and news sites across the UK. Lisa is an experienced HR writer and commentator, editing HR publications for more than 5 years.