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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Wed, 05-01-2013 - 6:59am

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>

This is true.   Some decide only AFTER child is born and while on maternity leave that they don't want to and will not return, That's not a lie. 

 

 

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Wed, 05-01-2013 - 7:12am
That's great you were able to work up to the birth dates of your babies. I remember those years, DD1 was induced on a Sunday and I worked through that Friday before. I did resign a couple weeks before DD2's due date but I knew I wasn't going to return to that job.

 

 

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Wed, 05-01-2013 - 7:27am
I am on a nine-month contract so don't get sick days, personal days, vacation days or any of that. When I was expecting my first, he was due the last week of classes for the semester. I warned my students I might miss the last day of classes or the final, which I'd prepared in advance so someone else could monitor. As it turned out, the last day of classes was a Wednesday, he was born on Friday, and I came back the next week to administer the final. Then I had been hired to start a new job but negotiated to start the following semester so had one full summer and semester off with the kid and started to work at my new position when he was 18 mons old. I also finished my dissertation and was awarded my PhD during those months. With my second, he was due in the middle of the semester so I took my leave after the fall semester was over when I was only about five months along because its not fair to the students to have the professor gone for a month in the middle of the semester. It was nice to have the time with my older one, and it was a difficult pregnancy anyway, so it all worked out. But because I had to take the semester off before he was born, I had to go back before I was ready the next fall. If I had to do it over, I would have insisted on taking the fall off, too.
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Wed, 05-01-2013 - 9:44am

jamblessedthree wrote:
<p>Ahh, Lowered to the my job is better than yours, Lol.. You couldn't do her job either.</p><p> </p>

Who is that post in response to, Jambles?

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Wed, 05-01-2013 - 10:07am

jamblessedthree wrote:
<p>Ahh, Lowered to the my job is better than yours, Lol.. You couldn't do her job either.</p><p> </p>

is this to me? If so, then you're off base.  I don't know anything about spring's job (or the job of the woman she referenced). I can't say anything about whether or not her job is worse or better than mine.  I only know what would be feasible for my job and my office. 

That begs the question, however ... What consitutes a "better" job?   More pay? More responsibility? More flexibility? More job satsifaction?  A "better job" is so subjective that I think it's rare that someone could make a case that they have a better job than someone else.

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Wed, 05-01-2013 - 10:22am

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

Our senority goes by how many years we are at the job, not by title. I have been at my job 3 years longer than my boss. I usually give my vacation days months in advance, if possible. I try and give all my days for the year in January. 

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Wed, 05-01-2013 - 10:23am

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

EVERYONE is replaceable, EVERYONE

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Wed, 05-01-2013 - 10:27am

That's great you were able to work up to the birth dates of your babies. I remember those years, DD1 was induced on a Sunday and I worked through that Friday before. I did resign a couple weeks before DD2's due date but I knew I wasn't going to return to that job.

I wanted all the time after the babies were born. No need to stay home before. 

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Wed, 05-01-2013 - 10:31am

springfever2013 wrote:
EVERYONE is replaceable, EVERYONE</span></strong></p>

I don't think it's that simple.  That statement - at that level of simplicity - isn't untrue.   But I think that level of simplicity isn't really relevant in the context of this subthread.

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Wed, 05-01-2013 - 10:32am

jamblessedthree wrote:
<p>Ahh, Lowered to the my job is better than yours, Lol.. You couldn't do her job either.</p><p> </p>

Awww...cool, back to the passive agressive this morning.  Well, fictional passive agressive.  :)

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