We spoke to over 100 companies in 2020. Here’s what we learned about their parental leave policies and benefits.

We created Parentaly with the goal of improving the parental leave experience for everyone: the expectant employee, their coworkers, HR, and their employer. After over a year of building and piloting our coaching and content program, we quietly launched our business in late 2019. We began working directly with employers to offer our services to expectant and returning parents — providing them with critical tools and coaching support to minimize business disruption and ensure their ongoing career success before and after their parental leaves.

When we launched the business we decided to first speak with companies widely known for being…

When it comes to parental leave, we’re entering a new era.

Over the past few years, hundreds of companies have dramatically increased their paid parental leave policies and introduced incredible benefits for parents. For companies hoping to attract top talent, the average paid parental leave has increased from 12 weeks to 16 weeks, and many companies are now offering 18–26 weeks.

There is also a big push for gender-neutral parental leave policies that encourage fathers to take as much leave as mothers. …

Jaime Rooney (L) and Allison Whalen (R), Parentaly Co-Founders, pregnant with their third (Jaime) and second (Allison) children while launching Parentaly

The backstory

For as long as I can remember, I’ve been laser-focused on my career. From the structured environment of finance to the rollercoaster of start-ups, my commitment to personal and professional growth has remained a constant.

And then I got pregnant.

At the time, I was a VP at a well-known Series C stage tech company in New York City. Company revenue — as well as several people’s livelihoods — depended on me.

For the first time in my career, I felt deeply insecure. The questions started swirling in my head. How would people perceive my commitment to the company? What…

I joined Managed by Q, the platform for workplace management, three years ago during a period of intense, all-encompassing, and chaotic company growth. As the General Manager of Managed by Q’s Chicago operations, I was tasked with turning around what was at that point a challenging market.

Many of my early months were spent working 16-hour days, pouring over Salesforce, and spending evenings working side-by-side with our cleaning operators in order to more fully understand the business. It was consuming, frustrating, and exhilarating all at the same time. Six months into my time at Managed by Q, I felt like…

Allison Whalen

Co-Founder and CEO at Parentaly

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