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Old 28.08.2018, 17:37
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Re: Pregnancy before starting a new job

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Maybe management want the pregnant women/mothers to stick around because they - all in all - are considered an asset and not a liability to the company?
Nice reasoning, that fact at the moment is that the asset is rather more a liability because of being constantly on the phone with anyone and anything child related
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Nice reasoning, that fact at the moment is that the asset is rather more a liability because of being constantly on the phone with anyone and anything child related
I hope that management are able to judge asset vs. liability with a bit more perspective than "at the moment". A previous poster also alluded to the fact that "if I treat my employees nicely", employees might actually contribute more to the company than would be the case if I should hire new employee with all the risks that comes with that. They may even tell their skilled friends that the company is great to work for!

If I was running a department or company I would hate to miss out on a great employee just because she was gone for some weeks on maternity leave and in stead hire a less skilled man to "permanently" do a relatively worse job. The job market/the way of working is anyway becoming more and more flexible with less requirements to be in the office 8-17 Monday to Friday.

Of course there are some that will abuse their rights, but I don't see that as gender specific issue.

But I am also from Denmark where women have 18 weeks of maternity leave and the father is entitled to 34 weeks. So here the "gender risk" has been eliminated so to speak.
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Old 28.08.2018, 18:31
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I hope that management are able to judge asset vs. liability with a bit more perspective than "at the moment".

If I was running a department or company I would hate to miss out on a great employee just because she was gone for some weeks on maternity leave
You'd be surprised how very little of that perspective many or most people and particularly "people in management" have. Most barely think beyond the current year.

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But I am also from Denmark (...) So here the "gender risk" has been eliminated so to speak.
Which is why the Nordics' model is the only one that realistically stands a chance of real change because, as you say, it eliminates the "gender risk". Yet it also requires a certain cultural setting to work at all, and most countries don't have that.
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