Holy moly, Netflix just made a major power play by announcing a new “unlimited leave policy for new moms and dads that allows them to take off as much time as they want during the first year after a child’s birth or adoption.”
The announcement came last night and started blowing up all over social (of course). There have since been tons of articles either praising or criticizing the new system.
Personally, I think the new policy plus unlimited paid vacation time is a game changer. HOWEVER, this system only really works in the creative space. Atari had a system back in the 80s where it allowed creatives to come and go as they pleased, and the relaxed atmosphere worked for them. Creatives need time to be inspired to create. If they burn out, it’s harder for them to continue to strive and come up with fresh, innovative ideas. I’m speaking from experience here. When there is all this pressure on me to create and I can’t take time off due to financial reasons, I shut down. There are tons of people like me. In a business like Netflix, the company can still run smoothly and content can still be made. So yes, I think it’s a genius move for Netflix.
Do I think this will work for other companies? No. Most companies cannot afford it and won’t be able to function with their employees taking up to a year off for parental leave. Plain and simple. I do think there needs to be more flexibility with parental leave and I hope other corporations follow suit. It will boost company morale and make employers more willing to come in and put in work.
What do you guys think? Was this a good move? Do you think other companies should follow suit and do the same? Tell me your thoughts!