“What makes you feel supported as a working parent?”
Our colleagues don’t stop being parents when they sign on to work every morning. Working remotely means that, as a team, we occasionally get to see some more little Radishes on our screen, and we often get insights into our colleagues' lives outside of ‘the office.’
It can be daunting to be a working parent, but there are definitely policies that can help. At Radish we prioritize policies – like flexible working hours, parental leave, and unlimited time off – that can support everyone to be their best, even when work can get stressful.
According to our team, what are some of the things that make it easier to be a working parent?
1. Meaning it:
“Radish is For Real about supporting parents. I am grateful to work at a place where I’m able to be a healthy, present and engaged mama while also working on incredible projects and collaborating with inspiring people.”
- Simone, Project Manager
We can’t always control when work will get stressful, but we really mean it when we say we want to support our team, and part of that is to create a place where unlimited time off is not just a concept. Need planned or unplanned time to go on a summer vacation or take your kid to the doctor? We want to make sure that it’s easy for our team to show up for their families as well as their work.
A philosophy like this is easier in concept than in execution, and we’re making an attempt to manifest it by not only providing the opportunity, but also by encouraging our team to take it and creating the conditions to facilitate it.
2. Encouraging the full self:
Whether it’s all-team meetings, or celebrating work anniversaries and birthdays, or just updating the full-team Slack channel, sharing about each others' lives and kids, and getting to know and appreciate each other as fully rounded people is a part of Radish’s culture.
“When I applied to Radish, I was a full-time stay-at-home mom with an 8-year gap in my resume. But after 9 months, I can say that this is the only job I have ever had where I do not have to work like I am not a parent. Radish Lab lives up to the hype and feels like a reward after years of trying to find a job that fits into my life and benefits my personal and professional goals.”
- Kaitlin, Admin and Project Assistant
3. Offering parental leave:
While we know that, ideally, we could offer much more time, Radish Lab provides 12 weeks of paid parental leave, and up to 3 additional weeks of unpaid leave. This benefit is available to primary and secondary caregivers of biological or adopted children:
“My wife had a baby while I was already at Radish. The whole agency couldn’t be more supportive. I got additional parental leave, was able to experience the whole process without having to worry about work, and on my return we got lots of presents for the baby. This kind of human touch on a work environment is very hard to find.”
- Ale, Director of Web Development
4. Valuing parenthood:
“When I started working at Radish, the agency not only supported fatherhood but encouraged me to do so. I am very grateful to be part of an agency that values fatherhood and all that it entails.”
- Pedro, Developer
We really try to show up for each other, and support our colleagues to take the time they need to show up as parents.
5. Building in flexibility:
“As the father of a three-year-old girl, having a flexible work schedule is extremely rewarding. Radish is a company that values family and believes that flexibility is one of the pillars for building a healthy work environment.”
- Marcelo, Senior Developer
As of 2022, Radish Lab no longer requires employees to be based in New York, or come into the office. We understand that parents often require adjustments to their schedules to meet their family's needs. By offering flexible work arrangements, we empower parents to construct their schedules in a way that allows them to be there for their children.
We love our Radish parents and want to keep improving our policies and culture to make sure that Radish is a great place for parents to work.
Want to get in touch? We’d love to hear from you.