5 Steps to Asking Your Employer For Paternity Leave
In his book, All In, Josh Levs lists his steps to make paternity leave happen. Inspired by that list, here's a list of 5 steps Dove+Care Men recommends:
The policies your state (if applicable) and employer currently offers, down to the specifics. What have other employees done previously? Speak to colleagues, but also get as much information from your HR department as you can.
Your manager/employer if there is any opportunity for flexible schedules and/or telecommuting during this time. Consider talking to your HR department about asking how an employee could go about requesting a policy change, if necessary.
A plan for the type of flexible schedule that would work best for you and your family. Share with your manager/employer in person or in writing, depending on how you feel most comfortable and communicate best. Be confident and explain how you would get work done, be accessible when needed, and ensure continued results while you're out.
Set a realistic time frame to align on a plan of action – and leave enough time to do so before you’re expecting your child to arrive. Be clear how this is beneficial both to you and your manager/employer to have a clear plan set out in advance.
If you’re given time off, no matter how much, take advantage of it. You can show how well it works and be a pioneer at your workplace. If not, don’t give up! As you make decisions that are best for your family and your needs, also work to build a coalition of like-minded people who share your goal of making leave happen. Share with them, and with your business, some of the top reasons paternity leave is so important! That's next.