phase-back SUC­CESS STORY

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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.

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