“When working parents take time to be with their newborns, outcomes are better for the children and families.” — since the advice is coming from Mark Zuckerberg, we’ll take his word for it. Hands-on Dad-to-be and CEO of Facebook, Zuckerberg announced this week that he’ll be taking two months’ paternity leave after the birth of his daughter. Calling it ‘a very personal decision’, Zuckerberg announced it very publicly on his Facebook timeline.
Facebook has been credited with being one of the most family-friendly tech companies in the US. Though the terms for offices abroad may vary, Facebook employees in the US are entitled to up to four months of paid parental leave for both moms and dads-to-be. The time off can be taken in one go or at intervals throughout the year, as fits the need of each individual family. This perk helps new parents cope with childcare and adjust to their growing family’s requirements.
Mark Zuckerberg met his wife Priscilla Chan when both were students at Harvard University. The couple had previously gone public with how they underwent trauma because of several miscarriages, but in July, they shared the good news that they were expecting a baby girl.
The paternity-leave announcement was accompanied by a photo of the family dog, ‘Beast’, posing next to a baby pushchair.