Sharing tips and feeling a sense of community with coworkers who also experience the ups and downs of parenthood provides a major boost to morale in the workplace. In this spirit of camaraderie, IQ Solutions leadership wholeheartedly supported a staff-led initiative to form the IQS Parents’ Club as part of the IQ Solutions Wellness Program. IQ Solutions employees organized themselves into an energetic, proactive group of parents in April, and I joined the group, enthusiastic to join with other parents meeting on a flexible monthly basis. I liked that the other parents in the group were action-oriented about creating helpful tools, and I looked forward to opportunities to learn more about essential aspects of parenting. Parents’ Club is also a great forum to get to know other company staff I perhaps wouldn’t otherwise meet.
In the past 6 months, we quickly accomplished four group-driven goals. A maternity/paternity checklist was one of first items we decided to prioritize. My experience at another company where no guidance was offered regarding maternity leave and short-term disability leave benefits galvanized me to make the most of this opportunity at IQ Solutions and help expectant parents navigate the process in an easy, straightforward manner. Alongside human resources and accounting staff, we created an all-inclusive maternity checklist and an accounting worksheet that provide specific mileposts to help an employee prepare to take maternity leave. The checklist also includes items to follow up on during maternity leave to help ensure a smooth transition back to work.
The Parents’ Club also offered an infant/child CPR class onsite this summer, and IQ Solutions graciously covered 50 percent of the cost. Now, 10 additional staff members are CPR and automated external defibrillator (AED) certified!
With the holidays rapidly approaching, we are also planning for a holiday philanthropic initiative to benefit the community and help local parents and children.
The Parents’ Club would like to invite you to join and learn more about the Club’s creative and inspiring ideas! Please contact Sarah Byrnes (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Angela Drumm (email@example.com) for more information.