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The Weekender: 30 Year Experiment on Childcare at Work (results? 100% retention of moms)

February 2, 2019

 

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This is what work-life balance looks like at a company with 100% retention of moms (Quartz)

When Phil Graves, a father of three young girls, worked for Deloitte, his days looked a lot like those of many working professionals. He left before the kids were up to commute to work in San Francisco. He raced through his day, and dashed home to make the bedtime crush: bath, bedtime stories, a few sweet snuggles before lights out for the kids, dinner with his wife and a flurry of emails before bed.

 

“All my quality time with my daughters was on weekends,” he said.

 

And that was a good version of what most working parents in the US experience. Deloitte has some of the most family-friendly benefits in corporate America. For 17 years it has featured on Fortune’s “Top 100 Companies to work for” and was recently named a top company by Working Mother magazine.

 

Graves is now head of Patagonia’s venture fund and everything about his day is different. For one, he sees his children a lot.

 

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