Yahoo Expands Maternity Benefits

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Yahoo Expands Maternity Benefits
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Tue, 04-30-2013 - 12:26pm

Marissa Meyer has extended family leave benefits, both mothers and fathers can take up to eight weeks of paid leave with benefits, and new mothers can get an additional eight weeks: 

But it doesn't only make sense from a public relations standpoint, observers said. The new policy could fit into a broader corporate strategy to attract and retain more talent and ultimately improve Yahoo's financial performance.

"It's a smart move," said Rachel Sklar, a New York-based blogger and founder of The Li.st, an organization dedicated to elevate the status of women in New Media and technology. "It suggests a long-term strategy. This is a great precedent."

Read more: http://lifeinc.today.com/_news/2013/04/30/17984737-yahoo-expands-maternity-leave-after-banning-telecommuting?lite

The article also says that she's following the standards set by other company, they report that Google gives up to five months and Facebook is four.  While I'm excited to see her implement this new policy, which will ease a lot of stress off of parents, I also have some questions.

The longest maternity leave I took was twelve weeks.  From my own experiences, six weeks is just way too short, but think that more than 12-14 weeks is too long.   You are more out of touch with what is happening in the office, and from a daycare aspect, makes it harder for the child to adjust to a new caregiver.  It never seems to go as well when the child is older and they are introduced to new surroundings, it can be very stressful on everyone.  

What do you think about Meyers changing maternity benefits?   What do you feel is the optimum amount of maternity leave for both moms and dads?

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Tue, 04-30-2013 - 10:28pm

springfever2013 wrote:
<p><span style="font-size:medium">Yes and again, I wasn't going to lie to get maternity leave when I knew darn well that I wasn't returning.</span></p><p><span style="font-size:medium"><strong><span>I guess the people I know that waited until 6 weeks, were not sure until then. </span></strong></span></p>

Oh I knew, left my job a few weeks before the baby was born as I said earlier.  I was going to be a full time sahm.  :)

 

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Tue, 04-30-2013 - 10:31pm

Not me, in addition to spring break this year, misc days off with my kids, I will be gone most Fridays in the summer.  Although, since we aren't taking a summer family vacation this summer (well at this point) I might have some left to roll over, I don't know yet...haven't planned that far ahead.   :)  

Many of my co-workers take Mondays off during the summer on top of their regular days. It is usually only 8/9 days (July and August).

I usually take off a week at Christmas and a week in the summer on top of days here and there. I am saving my days now for warmer weather as I don't have to take off as much time with the kids anymore. I take a lot of half days and I work through lunch and leave early to break up the weeks that have no holidays.

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Tue, 04-30-2013 - 10:32pm

Oh I knew, left my job a few weeks before the baby was born as I said earlier.  I was going to be a full time sahm.  :)

I know :)

I worked until 2 days before for my 1st and hours before my 2nd was born so I could have my full 12 weeks home AFTER the births.

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Tue, 04-30-2013 - 10:34pm

<<I usually take off a week at Christmas and a week in the summer on top of days here and there. I am saving my days now for warmer weather as I don't have to take off as much time with the kids anymore. I take a lot of half days and I work through lunch and leave early to break up the weeks that have no holidays.>>

No, I don't have to take them off with the kids but I chose to take them off with the kids, it works for me.  I don't know much of what I'm doing yet this summer....plans are still in development.  I have a pretty flexible schedule so I don't plan too far in advance.  :)


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Tue, 04-30-2013 - 10:35pm

springfever2013 wrote:
The woman that I know that took 6 months, had a high position. The office survived. We all survived my boss being out for 3 months. It happens and people understand that.</strong></span> </p>

Glad it worked for her.   I would not willingly do that.

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Tue, 04-30-2013 - 10:36pm

<<I worked until 2 days before for my 1st and hours before my 2nd was born so I could have my full 12 weeks home AFTER the births.>>

That wasn't really a factor in my plans, but good for you.


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Tue, 04-30-2013 - 10:45pm

No, I don't have to take them off with the kids but I chose to take them off with the kids, it works for me.  I don't know much of what I'm doing yet this summer....plans are still in development.  I have a pretty flexible schedule so I don't plan too far in advance.  :)

Me neither anymore and it is nice to be able to have that choice. Having the highest seniority, even over my boss has its advantages as I can go away next week on vacation with little notice.  When we won a cruise, I gave 3 weeks notice to have 6 days off. 


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Tue, 04-30-2013 - 11:02pm

<<Me neither anymore and it is nice to be able to have that choice. Having the highest seniority, even over my boss has its advantages as I can go away next week on vacation with little notice.  When we won a cruise, I gave 3 weeks notice to have 6 days off. >>

How can you have senority over a person who is your boss?  I think 3 weeks is a lot of notice, lol!


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Tue, 04-30-2013 - 11:23pm

springfever2013 wrote:
<p>Glad it worked for you. I was not ready at 6 weeks to go back. My 1st just slept through the night at 6 weeks and 2nd, 10 weeks. I loved that time off. I saved way before I even got pregnant so I had a full paycheck for 12 weeks.</p>

I went back to work at 6 weeks.  I do admit to worrying a bit during convalescent leave that I wouldn't be ready to go back, but John being born early kind of put an ax in the works.  He was due Oct 8, and based on my family history, I expected him around October 15 or later (which would put the end of my convalescent leave right at the beginning of December), so I put in leave for December and planned a trip back to the states for then.

John gummed up the works by being born in late September, which meant my leave ended in the beginning of November.  So I was off 6 weeks, went back for 3 weeks and then was off for another 5 weeks at the end of the year.  And got back to Germany a week before our unit left for annual Ski week (which was admin leave).  So I had quite a bit of time off, just not all in a row.  going back to work when he was 6 weeks old wasn't as hard as I worried.  He still woke in the middle of the night, but we'd gotten into a nice routine and I have always been blessed with the ability to fall right back asleep after waking, so I just planned my bedtime to allow for the feeding times.

Johns DCP in Germany was the wife of a coworker and we'd known her for quite awhile before I got pregnant.  She first met John when he was 2 days old and she adored him nearly as much as I did.  She was a great provider and I knew he was safe and warm and loved with her.

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Wed, 05-01-2013 - 6:47am

Ahh, Lowered to the my job is better than yours, Lol.. You couldn't do her job either.

 

 


 


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