Marissa Mayer May Be Getting A Clue With New Maternity Leave Policy
5:16 pm, May 7th | by Meredith Lepore
Marissa Mayer seems to be making an effort at Yahoo! to take into account that not everyone is a genius workaholic. She is making changes at the company that show compassion for families, and this will not only benefits her employees but the welfare of the company as well.
After banning working from home and then building a nursery in her office, Mayer was not exactly got rave reviews from her employees.”Marissa Mayer probably found that intentionally or not, her policies had created terrible morale. She has learned from it. And now, she’s like the parent who says, ‘No you can’t have ice cream, but I’m buying you a pony’,” said Lesley Jane Seymour, editor-in-chief of More Magazine.
Morale was down even though her intention with the telecommuting ban was to do the exact opposite. Whoops! “People are more productive when they’re alone, but they’re more collaborative and innovative when they’re together,” she said in her defense. “Some of the best ideas come from pulling two different ideas together.”
But it seems that Marissa is really trying to turn things around now. Last week, the firm announced changes to its parental-leave policy, extending the time that new parents can take off. Other benefits for new parents include $500 for household expenses, such as laundry, house-cleaning, food or childcare, as well as Yahoo!-branded baby gear, a spokeswoman says (pet owners at Yahoo! also get some freebies). According to The Wall Street Journal, the firm also offers an eight-week unpaid sabbatical for every five years of tenure with the company.
What I think this move really shows is that Marissa gets it, or is making an effort to get it. The woman who said there is really no such thing as burn out and that there are 130 hours of work time in a week if you shower strategically has realized that not everyone is the same. Not everyone will go back to work two weeks after their baby is born, and that it’s not a question of wanting to — it’s a question of being able to.
The policy not only shows that she is being more supportive of women, but it includes benefits for men as well. This is a big move and shows that she wants Yahoo! to be a more modern company that wants men to be viewed as primary parents as well.
The increased vacation time also factors in people that may not even have children. All in all, this a great move that puts people first and shows that she is the hands-on kind of CEO people expected her to be when she joined.
I also think we need to give a shout out to this new, cooler Marissa Mayer for actually following the punk theme at the Met Gala last night and sporting blue and red streaks in her hair. Get it, girl!