At Josie, our mission is to enable every working parent to enjoy a rewarding career and family life. We achieve this by working closely with both parents and employers to ensure empowered transitions from parental leave into environments where working parents can sustainably thrive.

The Challenge We’re Solving For

Parental leave can be a challenging topic for employers and employees alike. On one hand, it is a joyous time – for the new parents expanding their families and for the companies that genuinely support and wish them all the best.  On the other hand, it is a vulnerable time when careers are often re-evaluated with retention, talent management, and workforce diversity all hanging in the balance:

Workforce retention:

  • The majority of expecting mothers say that they are excited to return to work, but 43% of them end up leaving their careers after having a child (Source: Maven Clinic)
  • 23% of first-time dads in STEM* fields quit after having their first child (Source: Parento)

Inclusivity:

  • Working parents have the lowest psychological safety* in comparison to employees who are not parents (Source: Workhuman)
  • 73% of working fathers feel that there is not enough workplace support for dads who are attempting to balance careers and caregiving. (Source: Promundo and Dove Men+Care)

Engagement & Burnout:

  • 66% of working parents experience burnout – which is strongly associated with depression, anxiety, and increased alcohol consumption (Source: The Ohio State University)
  • 61% of working mothers do not feel emotionally or mentally prepared to return to work from parental leave (Source: Motherly)

Costly Economics:

  • Replacing an employee who leaves after childbirth can cost anywhere from 20% to 213% of an employee’s annual salary (Source: Maven Clinic)
  • The rate of part-time work among women rises 50% after welcoming a child; on average, returning moms cut their hours by 20% (Source: Parento)
  1. *STEM: Science, technology, engineering and mathematics
  2. **Psychological safety describes the feeling of being one’s whole self at work, taking risks and being vulnerable, without fear of negative consequences

The good news: We believe the transition period surrounding parental leave – when an individual experiences an identity shift to “working parent” – represents a rare and incredible opportunity to jump-start a positive cycle of personal and career growth

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“There had been so many resources available to me when I was pregnant, so many for the newborn phase (aka: the fourth trimester), but nothing for my return to work.”

– Lauren Smith Brody, Author, The Fifth Trimester