HealthMiles, a workplace health company, released a survey in 2013 of about 10,000 employees in which 77% of employees agreed that “health and wellness programs positively impact the culture at work.” Following these findings, streaming giant Netflix has introduced a new unlimited paternity and maternity leave policy to promote the healthy morale of employees.
New parents, both mothers and fathers, are now entitled to take unlimited leave for the first year of a child's birth or adoption. Netflix employees will receive normal pay and have the option of returning to work either full or part time. If additional time off is necessary, the company will allow employees to take that time.
This new paternity and maternity leave policy joins the company's already unlimited time off policy. It aims to eliminate the hassle and confusion of going out on a disability leave or an FMLA leave.
“Netflix's continued success hinges on us competing for and keeping the most talented individuals in their field. This new policy…allows employees to be supported during the changes in their lives and return to work more focused and dedicated,” commented Tawni Cranz, the chief talent officer.
Netflix took the lenient leave policies of other companies and ran with it. Google, for example, extended their paid maternity leave policy from 12 weeks to 18 weeks about 8 years ago. When that occurred, Google saw an increase of retention of returning new mothers.
Source: NY Times and Forbes Magazine