phase-back SUCCESS STORY
At General Mills, the phase-back program has been around for about 10 years. In the past two years, about 25 percent of new moms have used it. The parameters are intentionally loose—for the first eight weeks back from leave, the moms work with their managers for a part-time schedule that fits everyone’s needs. They are paid at the part-time rate but keep their full-time benefits.
For Adria Gerber, a global health program manager in Minneapolis, phase-back was her path back upon welcoming baby Liam with husband Matthew. After 12 weeks of family leave, she decided to come back 50 percent for the eight-week phase-back. She went in to the office for two full days a week and then spent a half-day at home on email catching up on projects and follow-ups. “Your life before baby and life with baby are two separate worlds. The anxiety of those worlds colliding and how to manage them both is overwhelming. Phase-back took away that anxiety,” she says.