As we ask our employees to bring their “A” game to work every day to achieve our mission, we believe it’s our responsibility to create an environment where people can do their best work. A key component of this is supporting our employees with benefits that matter most to them. This is why today we’re announcing enhancements to our U.S. corporate employee benefits in three areas that employees consistently rank among the most important: having time to renew; saving for the future; and flexibility needed to spend time with new children.
And yet another technology company investing just a little bit more into its employees. I think these changes bring Microsoft more in line with Google’s policies, and from a European point of view this is still pretty abysmal, but it’s a major step forward for new fathers and mothers, and that’s a great thing.
The U.S. has an idiotic tradition when it comes to vacation/pto. In some cases it’s simply crazy (at one job my cousin had no vacation days for the first 2 years, well, he left them before that). My sis has been working at a company in the u.s. for 3+ years now, has 15 days/year. Other relative has 10/y. And there’s those people who don’t even use up their days, for some kind of idiotic false sense of fear or loyalty or whatever.
And don’t even get me started on parental leave (yeah, you wish) in the U.S. I’m not talking about netflix or google, I’m talking about 99.99% of companies where you know, the 99.99% of people actually work.
There’s no point in working for work’s sake. Yeah. some lunatics would argue with that, but I can’t really care about those opinions – they should go be drones if they wish.
Providing enough time off when the people need it – parental l. or otherwise – should really be part of any job negotiation. And there’s nobody on this planet that could convince me that less than a 20-25wd/y can be acceptable in any circumstance.