PHASE-BACK SUCCESS STORY
Mirit Cohen, global head of Adobe’s food program, says her company’s Welcome Back initiative made a significant impact on her return. After she had her first daughter, Elana, now 4, she left her job at another company in part because “the culture wasn’t friendly to new parents.” When son Asa was born last year, re-entering the workplace “was so different. Everything, soup to nuts, was very smooth. My boss told me about Welcome Back and was so supportive.”
The program, which started in 2017, applies to all employees on leaves but is used mainly by parents for the first 120 days after returning. Managers and employees receive checklists of what to expect and how to make it work—such as making sure the returning employee has a desk ready for her, and setting realistic expectations on starting and leaving times.
“I’m very ambitious, and my job is important to me. I appreciate the kind of culture that has this kind of a program. Without the support of the program, after suddenly losing childcare my first week back, I may have been forced to quit,” she says.