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The NextGen Work Culture podcast helps managers and HR professionals support working parents to recruit and retain the best people. Join host Kortney Ross as she interviews experts and provides insights into the struggles that working parents face in the workplace. Learn how your business can become a place where parents feel included, supported, and valued. Being a family-friendly business isn't just a "nice-to-have" anymore. For the Next Generation of work, it is critical.
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On this episode of NextGen Work Culture, we delve into the experiences of Veronica Malolos, a seasoned commercial real estate broker, founder of Capstack Commercial, host of the Women Influencers podcast, and a passionate advocate for DEI (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion). In our conversation, Veronica shares her journey as a woman, an immigrant, …
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Join Kerri and Kortney as they explore the concept of "askholes" and their impact on workplace dynamics. Kerri introduces the term, describing how it stems from stress and busyness, leading to unproductive behaviors and strained team relationships. The episode discusses practical strategies to combat askhole behaviors, emphasizing the importance of…
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The Future-Ready Work Culture Framework will help you foster a work environment that is ready for the next generation of employees and supportive of those who are raising them. Employees are seeking workplaces that are supportive, empathetic, and family-friendly. By taking the time to build a family-friendly work culture, you are setting your organ…
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Accommodating the needs of each individual employee can be a daunting task for managers. In this solo episode, I share several accommodation ideas and things to consider for the pregnant employees on your team. Download the pdf guide with these ideas at: kortneyross.com/ideasforpregnantemployees Connect with us at: RossLearningSolutions.com LinkedI…
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Most U.S. employers need to comply with the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA) and PUMP Act laws. But, these relatively recent laws can be a bit difficult to understand. In this episode, Kortney sits down with Jessica Craft, an attorney focused on employment law at Littler. Together, they explore two pivotal pieces of legislation shaping the land…
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In this episode of NextGen Work Culture, host Kortney Ross dives into the crucial topic of sleep with Nicole Ratcliffe, a sleep specialist from the UK. Nicole shares her personal journey of becoming passionate about sleep after experiencing the challenges of sleep deprivation with her own children. The conversation delves into the profound impact o…
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In this episode, Kortney talks to Allison Whalen about paid parental leave. Allison is the founder of Parentaly, a company that helps improve the parental leave experience for everyone: the expecting employee, their manager, peers, direct reports, and business leaders. Paid parental leave doesn't just benefit families, it's a game changer for busin…
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This week, Anthony Franzese joined Kortney to share more about his role in supporting family health at Stork Club. As a new father, Anthony opens up about his own paternity leave. Then, we uncover the gaps that traditional health insurance often leaves wide open. We talk about how fertility treatments, adoption assistance, hormone therapy, and othe…
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When family and work collide, the aftermath can echo across the nation. That's precisely what happened in the heart-wrenching case of Marissa and Kyte Baby. This short solo episode talks about the Kyte Baby controversy and the reality of parental leave policies in America. I talk through Marissa's ordeal with her premature baby's NICU stay, her emp…
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It's becoming more common for Dad to take on the majority of parenting responsibilities. In many households, he may even be the lead parent! In this episode, Kortney talks to Paul Sullivan about what it truly means to be a 'lead dad' in today's world. Paul shares his journey to becoming the Lead Dad in his household, balancing a journalism career w…
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Exciting update! Playgrounds and Paychecks is now NextGen Work Culture! After two amazing seasons, I'm shifting the focus from the parents themselves to the leaders and decision-makers who have the power to shape the culture of their organizations. "NextGen Work Culture" is about empowering leaders to support working parents and create inclusive, f…
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Discover how to navigate themaze of parental leave programs with the help of Linzay Davis from The Park Consulting. In this discussion, Linzay shares not just the technicalities of state and federal protections but the emotional and financial impact these policies have on American families. We'll reveal how understanding and preparing for parental …
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When Erin Helle unexpectedly traded her Army uniform for the round-the-clock duties of motherhood, she encountered a battlefield of a different kind. Tune in as Erin reflects on her journey of becoming a mother as a service member. The Army extended maternity leave just in time for her second child and her commanding officer was supportive. However…
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Welcome to season two of Playgrounds and Paychecks, where we get up close and personal with the realities of parental leave. This episode unravels my own experiences of navigating through parental leave twice while teaching. I discuss my leave being unpaid time off, crafting substitute plans, dealing with Covid right after my first born, and more. …
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This bonus episode features an invigorating talk with Michael Perry, founder and CEO of Maple, a family tech startup that aims to revolutionize parenting and work-life balance. He shares his journey of serial entrepreneurship and how becoming a father shifted his focus towards family. We dive into his pioneering app, Maple, and explore how it helps…
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Caught somewhere between the duties of parenting and caring for aging parents? You're not alone. Meet Christy Yates, a true guide for anyone navigating this challenging stage, popularly known as the 'sandwich generation'. Having walked this path herself, Christy draws from her personal journey and her expertise in supporting caregiving families to …
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In this solo episode Kortney summarizes the conversations from Season 1 and shares more insights about childcare struggles. We've had 5 fabulous conversations this season! We've discussed: Handling school and daycare logistics Difficulties finding summer care, especially for a child with special needs Challenges of balancing careers and caring for …
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Ever faced challenges with finding accessible childcare in your community? Today's guest, Loryn Duke struggled to find childcare in a rural Colorado town and decided to take matters into her own hands. She and her colleagues persuaded their employer, Steamboat Ski Resorts, to open an employer-sponsored childcare center that has solved childcare str…
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In this episode, Kortney has a conversation with Amanda Hall, a former teacher and current product designer. Amanda and Kortney both offer insights into their transition out of the classroom and how their own children's needs drove their shift in careers. Amanda also provides a peek into her journey of navigating childcare for her son with an intel…
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Can you imagine a world where working and parenting harmoniously coexist? A community that supports parents' needs and provides stress-free childcare? In this episode, I'm sitting down with Britt Riley, the visionary founder of Haven Clubs, who brings this ideal to life. Britt shares her journey to creating an ecosystem that unites childcare, works…
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Balancing your careers and caring for a toddler can be difficult enough, but it can be even harder when your spouse is a shift worker with unconventional hours. In this episode, Kortney chats with Katie Roark about how she and her husband navigate childcare amidst traveling for work and 12-hour shifts. Katie shares candid insights into how she and …
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How does your family tackle the chaos that is the beginning of the school year? Join me as I chat with Eli, a dad of three, about how he and his wife deal with the whirlwind of pickups, locations, and people they juggle to get the kids to school and daycare, all while managing their professional lives as a marketer and teacher. We talk about how to…
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In the first season of Playgrounds and Paychecks, we'll pull back the curtain on the struggles of working parents balancing childcare among all their other responsibilities. This intro episode shares a slice of my own childcare journey as a former teacher who now works from home. With my guests this season, we'll break down the complexities of bala…
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