Supporting employees who take extended leave (e.g parental, carers, sickness leave etc.)

Many employees take periods of extended leave, but some worry about negative consequences. 'Over the last five years, a majority of employees have become new parents or dealt with a significant personal or family health issue. About half of these employees took leave. Many who did not take leave were able to handle the situation without a break in work, but others point to concerns about work responsibilities, fear that it might negatively impact their career trajectory or financial concerns. Moreover, more than 1 in 4 employees who took leave say it hurt their career or finances—and this is particularly true for women', Women in the Workplace 2019, McKinsey & Company and LeanIn.Org.

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