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Techies told to GO FORTH AND MULTIPLY by Microsoft, Netflix

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LurkingHusband Thu 06-Aug-15 10:27:39


Two technology industry titans have discovered that starting a family is rather time-consuming and costly, responding with policies that offer decent incentives to go forth and multiply.

Netflix set the ball rolling – ahem – with its Tuesday announcement of a policy allowing “an unlimited leave policy for new moms and dads that allows them to take off as much time as they want during the first year after a child’s birth or adoption.”

The policy says “Parents can return part-time, full-time, or return and then go back out as needed. We’ll just keep paying them normally, eliminating the headache of switching to state or disability pay. Each employee gets to figure out what’s best for them and their family, and then works with their managers for coverage during their absences.”

Microsoft's also decided it needs to be friendlier to families, on Wednesday announcing new leave and family leave arrangements.

Martin Luther King Day and Presidents Day are now paid days off for Microsofties in the USA. The company's also increased its paid parental leave to twelve weeks. On top of the interestingly-named “maternity disability leave” already paid for eight weeks, that gives Redmondians 20 weeks of fully-paid time off when their family grows. There's also a plan to allow mothers-to-be to take two weeks off before they give birth. Returns to work will, if new parents wish, be on half of their usual hours.

Microsoft says workers beyond the USA will do alright to as it works to “align to our global benefits philosophy and the local regulations and dynamics in each market.”

Both Netflix and Microsoft are up front about their motives: in a tough market for talent, they want to keep their people happy so they can keep them as employees

Sparklingbrook Thu 06-Aug-15 10:29:58

And what's your opinion on that LH?

kimcat32 Thu 06-Aug-15 10:40:06

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LurkingHusband Thu 06-Aug-15 10:41:33


sounds good. But so do lots of things on paper grin.

On a deeper level, it's interesting that while the UK government (in the shape of CallMeDave and chums) is doing everything it can to piss on the idea of the family, two (as the article says titans) of global business may be moving in the other direction.

It seems to me that there is an inbuilt tendency in humans - certainly from a western culture - to fail to see life as a continuum and to understand that things change, and that any change happens against a background of changes. Which is why we swing from one extreme to another. Offshoring is one area where it was obvious (to me) that there had to be a rebound when the offshore employees started to become more expensive which was bound to happen, since there was so much money going offshore that it would raise economic growth and fuel wage rises.

Anyway, in the general picture of things, it matters not a jot what I do, or do not think. (It doesn't even matter in my own house grin). However it seemed like a story that might pique some MNetters interest, if nothing else, as a spotlight on a US viewpoint.

stayathomegardener Thu 06-Aug-15 10:52:46

I think it is interesting that you think your opinion matters not a jot.
I find it odd that you think others are not interested.
Surely Mumsnet is about engaging with the opinions of others on subjects not just putting them out there for general discussion.

tethersend Thu 06-Aug-15 10:57:21

I think it's very interesting, particularly in the context of the appalling maternity leave allowances in the U.S.

cdtaylornats Thu 06-Aug-15 12:03:38

The cynic in me thinks that the companies involved know the techies on their staff might take some leave but not much. Engineers where I work regularly get emails telling them to take accrued leave.

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