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At Deloitte we need to remain as flexible as practicable as an employer
Becoming a parent is opening a new chapter in life: It is always interesting to see how people grow and develop through this experience. What I have learned is that at Deloitte we need to remain as flexible as practicable as an employer in such times as each situation is different and people have very different approaches to parenthood. It is clearly a win-win if we as a firm and each of us as individuals are accepting of our people’s personal decisions and do our best to provide an environment to accommodate their important life changes.
I was fortunate enough to be able to take 2 weeks paternity leave and then reduce my working hours
I was a Director at Deloitte Australia when I became a father for the second time. I was fortunate enough to be able to take 2 weeks paternity leave and then reduce my working hours for the next 3 years to 80% so I could also more actively share in the parenthood experience. At the time there were several partners and directors working on reduced hours and it did not negatively impact on any of our careers as there was a very high understanding of the importance of work-life balance and other priorities such as family. Having the opportunity to more actively raise my children and allowing my partner to also pursue her career aspirations at the same time was a great experience for all of us.
Being a mother did not keep me back from making a career at Deloitte
I was a Senior Manager when my daughter was born. Since I came back from maternity leave, I am working 80%. This works perfectly for my family and me as well as for my clients and Deloitte. Being a mother did not keep me back from making a career at Deloitte and being promoted to Partner in 2012. In my experience, promotions have always been driven by performance and experience, nothing else.
Myriam Meissner, Partner Audit
Clients are sympathetic of parents working part-time
One of the reasons why it is great to work at Deloitte is the support our firm gives to parents. I had several parents taking time-outs after they had a child and then coming back and working part-time. This never produced any problems, neither at Deloitte nor with clients. Colleagues have invariably been understanding, and all clients were very supportive. As long as it is explained early, clients are sympathetic of parents working part-time.”