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."
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?