LYM uses engagement processes that allow organizations to develop policies and procedures informed by those who will be most impacted by their implementation. We work directly with employers to review a menu of offerings. Our process includes:
Leveraging the Stories of Working Mothers Everywhere
We are continuously collecting stories of working mothers through our widely distributed survey, and use that along with extensive research to inform practices that place employers ahead of the curve on supporting working parents.
We start every employer engagement effort with a meeting with organization leadership to establish commitment and buy-in to the process and to understand their priorities and hopes for our work together.
We gather stories and feedback from moms within the organization through a customized survey, focus group series and interviews.
We conduct a comprehensive assessment of needs for working parents within the organization that includes analysis of employee engagement efforts, data review, and review of existing policies and practices.
We then work with the organization to develop a review committee that identifies high leverage focus areas, action steps, and necessary support for implementation.
Menu of Supports
Depending on the stage that they are in, employers can select from the services below or choose to engage in the whole process.
Responsive Policy and Benefits Package Development
Supervisor and HR Director Training and Coaching
Tools and Templates
We provide sample policies and benefits packages, a needs assessment rubric, evaluation framework and sample staff survey to support employers in getting started with this work.
Meet the Team
Listen to Your Mothers is uniquely positioned to gather and leverage input from moms within your workplace and our own network, which includes representation across generations, races, religions, sexual orientations and family structures.
Design for Liberation
Many of the systems and policies that are in place are a byproduct of centuries of practices that were designed to keep people in standard societal roles. We focus on making human-centered and equity driven change.
When you listen to your most marginalized populations, everyone benefits. When you listen to mothers, all parents will be heard. If you make changes for your BIPOC mothers, white parents will benefit. If we create accessibility for our disabled mothers, able bodied parents will benefit.
Engagement at All Levels
From the janitor to the CEO, everyone contributes to the success of the organization. Our process seeks and amplifies input from diverse perspectives and levels within an organization.
Advocate for Structural and Systematic Change
We believe in focusing on structural and systems change that starts at the employer level rather than putting the expectation on mothers to have to advocate for change on their own.
Realistic Recommendations that Push the Envelope
Our work makes recommendations implementable while also pushing the envelope on what has historically been “possible”. We reject the all too common notion that precedent setting is a bad thing. Instead, we believe that a new precedent must be set in order for progress to be made.
Amplifying Stories for Change
We believe there is power in sharing and hearing one another's stories. By sharing our stories, we see that we are not alone and can more effectively organize for change.
The Survey for Working Mothers
Our Survey helps ensure that employer policies, procedures and practices are informed by those who will be most impacted by their implementation.