Fb CEO Mark Zuckerberg is planning to take two months off when his spouse, Priscilla Chan, provides start to their second youngster later this yr. He introduced the choice, shocker, in a Fb publish.
“When Max was born, I took two months of paternity leave. I’ll all the time be grateful I may spend a lot time along with her within the first months of her life,” Zuckerberg wrote in regards to the start of his first youngster, now 1.
“Our new daughter is coming quickly, and I’m planning to take two months of paternity leave once more,” the social media pioneer continued. “This time, I’m going to reap the benefits of Fb’s choice to take leave in components. I’ll take a month off to be with Priscilla and the women in the beginning, after which we’ll spend the entire month of December collectively as effectively.”
“I’m wanting ahead to bonding with our new infant and taking Max on adventures,” Zuckerberg concluded his publish, including that Fb permits its staff to take as much as 4 months of maternity or paternity leave “as a result of research present that when working dad and mom take time to be with their newborns, it’s good for the complete household.”
He added, “And I’m fairly certain the workplace will nonetheless be standing after I get again.”
A daring assertion for a man whose job efficiency is below worldwide scrutiny 24/7. That being mentioned, if the soon-to-be dad-of-two by no means labored one other day in his life, he’d nonetheless be price a reported $70 billion. So his circumstances are far totally different from most working dads within the U.S.
In accordance with the Household & Medical Leave Act (FMLA), “sure” staff are assured 12 weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave per yr. That’s proper; unpaid. Most of us can’t afford to take three months off with no paycheck. And, this legislation solely applies to corporations which have greater than 50 staff.
Some corporations, just like the one my husband works for, present paid household leave. Nonetheless, I contend it’s nonetheless largely looked-down-upon to reap the benefits of these insurance policies. In truth, my husband, who has by no means taken off quite a lot of days for the births of our children, says that no dad he works with would dare to take greater than just a bit time without work, possibly every week or two, for household leave.
Clearly we’ve got loads of work to do to dispel the stigma related to dads taking time without work for the start of a kid. However it’s my hope that, regardless of the various challenges the common dad faces with regards to taking paternity leave, Zuckerberg’s announcement that he’ll take two months off to deal with household will ship a powerful message to American corporations and staff.
As a result of it’s okay to place household first. In truth, it’s really useful to deal with household. And simply since you need to spend high quality time together with your youngsters, doesn’t imply you now not care about your job. Lastly, the destiny of an organization shouldn’t lie on the shoulders of 1 individual; even when your identify is Mark Zuckerberg.
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