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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.

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