Mom and Dad in the workplace
Episode #20

Mom and Dad in the workplace

Interview with: Agnieszka Czmyr-Kaczanowska
Co-Founder at

Agnieszka Czmyr-Kaczanowska has been disenchanting the labor market for many years, bearing in mind, above all, the well-being of working mothers. In the conversation with Agnieszka, we touched on important topics from the point of view of mum and dad on the labor market. Plus, I shared my own story a little bit.

In our conversation, it sounded that a mother on leave is still an employee and how important it is not to miss it. We will provide specific examples of actions taken by employers who want to support working parents and mothers returning after maternity leave. We will talk about paternity and paternity leave, the emotions and fears of mothers who plan to return to work, and about the great power that comes from understanding the situation of others.

Our conversation is addressed not only to employers but above all to 5.2 million people in Poland who combine professional work with parental responsibilities. And we are talking only about the part that is employed in the employee-employer relationship.

Agnieszka Czmyr-Kaczanowska
We are working on a project supporting employers in creating re-onboarding programs for mothers. In connection with this, we conducted a survey among 600 women returning to work. 82% of them say they have a lot of worries and fears. So there are definitely more negative emotions associated with returning to work. And they say this: Is my job still waiting for me? Won't I be fired as soon as I arrive? Will I be demoted? Is my desk still standing? Will I be able to get promoted? Won't my supervisor be afraid that I will go on leave quickly L4? And in fact, there are stories behind it, which are provided by the media and friends. There is also helplessness behind it, because we are not able to predict everything as mothers, and certainly when children will fall ill.
Agnieszka Czmyr-Kaczanowska says, Co-Founder at and
Let's talk about Parents at the workplace


  • what sacrifices do employers expect?
  • difficulties in combining professional work with parental responsibilities,
  • examples of facilities offered by employers to parents,
  • the alternative cost of parenthood,
  • the attitude of women and the reluctance of employers,


  • punishment for motherhood,
  • support for women in the labor market,
  • the strong voice of the inner critic,


  • A mom on leave is still an employee,
  • How can mom take care of her professional situation?
  • paternity leave versus parental leave,
  • work flexibility for both parents.