Adidas Manager Updates LinkedIn Profile: 'Mom on Maternity Leave'
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  • If a mom says that motherhood is hard, we doubt that anyone will beg to differ. It’s even harder when you’re a new first-time mom. You’re handed a pretty huge responsibility of raising a tiny human and no matter how much you prepare, there will be a LOT of moments when you’re unsure of what you're doing.

    Jocelin Shalom, a senior manager for U.S. brand communications at Adidas quickly learned this when she recently became a mom. She even updated her LinkedIn profile to reflect her current position: Mom on maternity leave. She describes it as “hands down the hardest job of any listed on my profile.”

    In a separate LinkedIn post, Shalom, who has been on leave since August 2018, shares that she updated her profile with her newest job because she wanted to jumpstart the conversation on having a decent parental leave in the United States. The country does not mandate employers to offer paid leave for new mothers, according to a report by The Washington Post.

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    “Grateful Adidas not only has a 6-month maternity leave policy but encourages and supports you in taking it,” Shalom writes. “This is the hardest job I’ve ever had and the one I’m most proud of.”

    Her reaction to her new role is not surprising, given that a recent survey confirmed that parents feel than staying at home with kids is even harder than going to work, but it’s yet another reason why longer maternity leaves should be given to working moms.

    We’re sure Pinay working moms will be able to relate. Though the Expanded Maternity Leave (EML) Bill has been ratified by the upper and lower houses of Congress, improperly added provisions have delayed its signing into law. Once it is signed, paid maternity leave will increase to 105 days (almost 3 and a half months) from 60 days. New moms will also have the option to extend their maternity leave for another 30 days without pay. Single mothers also get an additional 15-day paid maternity leave. Lawmakers are confident that the EML will be signed into law before the end of the year.

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    Having a longer maternity leave has a number of proven benefits for both mother and child, including boosting the morale of mothers as they return to their jobs more productive and with fewer distractions. Studies have shown that companies who offer paid maternity leave reported positive benefits on their businesses, such as decreasing the more costly employee turnover and loss of firm-specific skills and human capital.

    And just because they are staying at home for now does not mean that they become less capable. Shalom, who has held various senior positions over the course of her career, has realized that moms who stay at home learn a number of important skills that are relevant to any job.

    During her baby break, Shalom says she is “learning lessons of endurance, patience, compromise, efficiency, resilience, creative thinking, courage, and vulnerability.” She adds, “I’m confident these experiences will make me a stronger, wiser, more courageous, and more creative employee when I go back.”

    It just goes to show that when a mom’s needs are met, she can become a fiercely loyal employee. So companies need not worry — a happy mom will be a successful working mom!

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