Do you have a team member preparing for parental leave and want to ensure you understand how to support? There are many things to consider when we think about parental leave as a manager. This toolkit is for everyone who is managing someone who is expecting to become, or has recently become, a parent.
If you have a team member going out on parental leave, a common question might be "how should I reallocate their tasks and output while they are out?" Below are general guidelines for managers based on the length of leave taken by the team member. Note - local law supersedes these guidelines where applicable:
Fellow GitLab team members, regardless of whether they are a parent, are encouraged to volunteer as a Parental Leave Reentry Buddy.
At a high level, a Parental Leave Reentry Buddy volunteers to help team members coming back online after parental leave. It is recommended that this buddy work within the same department as the team member reentering work, but this is not a requirement. If you are asked to be a buddy, work with your manager to delegate or temporarily pause certain duties to assist a team member as they ramp back up to 100%.
As a guide, Parental Leave Reentry Buddies should set aside around 10% to 20% of their time to assist with reentry for two to four weeks.
Specifics on responsibilities and expectations are still being considered, and will be added to this section in future iterations.
Visit the GitLab Team page and search for 'Parental Leave Reentry Buddy', or ask on Slack in
If you're comfortable using Git and GitLab and want to help team members troubleshoot problems and accelerate their learning, please follow these steps to indicate your availability as a
Parental Leave Reentry buddy:
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A nice way to celebrate a team member's new addition to their family is by hosting a virtual baby/growing your family shower. In colocated companies, this is something that teams often do to wish a team member well as they head out on parental or adoption leave. We encourage virtual showers to be considered for all team members (not just expectant moms). In order to help teams host a virtual shower, here are some resources that can help you get started:
#intheparenthood(Join Slack channel - for GitLab team members only)
If you have any feedback about your parental leave experience for the People group to review you can always email
email@example.com or open an issue using our Parental Feedback Issue Template.
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