Google Ups Its Maternity Leave and Hangs on to More Women: Good Move by Google?

mrosen814 2012/08/29 21:00:00
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Recently, Google’s analysis showed that the company was losing women after they had babies. According to Slate.com, "The attrition rate for new mothers was apparently twice that of other employees."

In response, according to a recent New York Times story, "Google increased maternity leave from three months to five and made it fully paid. The attrition rate halved. Now, one could argue that a successful company should have known better than to have had such a pitiful maternity policy in the first place, and should have figured out why the new mothers were so unhappy without that spreadsheet. But hey, every corporate culture has its own way of figuring things out."

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  • Zach 2012/09/02 20:01:54
    It's great. Sick of all this ignorant males getting all jealous and immature about how they don't get maternity leave. Give some respect to what delivering a baby puts the woman's body through.
  • Larre 2012/09/02 18:54:49
    Also give the new dads some time off as well. They also have to take the turns in raising the new baby as well. Lear from my experience as I watched my sister (and her husband) raise a child :-)
  • yabbadabbadoo 2012/09/02 18:33:01
    women always want more...if women get paid maternity leave then it should only be fair and be given to men as well since you know its their kids too
  • Zach yabbada... 2012/09/02 19:59:59
    Women deliver the baby and nurse the baby. Does the father do either? No.
  • yabbada... Zach 2012/09/03 03:56:51
    many women nowadays dont even nurse
  • TKramar 2012/09/02 13:36:43
    No, women should not work.
  • SundayS... TKramar 2012/09/02 18:41:27
    Why not?
  • TKramar SundayS... 2012/09/02 20:11:19
    Because that's what men are for.

    Particularly mothers, who should be at home actually mothering their children.
  • aliycat 2012/09/02 03:41:39
    Pity that most of poeple being quite mean about it are men. Yes,it's good but panteral leave should be for fathers too.
  • Resp 2012/09/01 21:14:55 (edited)
    I would search the grounds because something else is going on over there.

    search grounds
  • Pocahontas 2012/09/01 21:00:07
    Good for them!
  • Deep007 2012/09/01 21:00:02 (edited)
    Nonsensical and ridiculous for business for as feminist say 'a clump of cell tissue' that's really a NOTHING
  • SuperUnion.org 2012/09/01 16:51:31
  • Ysggirb 2012/09/01 11:49:52 (edited)
    Yes, what’s good for the mum is good for the child. We’ve got to start thinking more about the wellbeing of our children.

    Much more.
  • Resp Ysggirb 2012/09/01 21:15:49
    What about those without children? Are we to make sacrifices for everybody elses children?
  • Ysggirb Resp 2012/09/02 01:53:56
    Yes, we are.
  • Resp Ysggirb 2012/09/02 02:03:10
  • Ysggirb Resp 2012/09/02 02:12:56
    I see your point; it certainly is unfair to value all American children. Nevertheless, some of us feel a happy obligation. I'm one of 'us'.
  • Twinky Resp 2012/09/02 18:36:48
    Yes, if you want American children to grow up and then look after you in your old age.
  • cheetahlover156 2012/09/01 05:23:34 (edited)
    I think it's great that the mother will be able to spend more time with her child, but 5 months of paid maternity leave I think it's too much, especially since they also have to pay their replacement. I had a teacher who took a whole year of maternity leave! If I ever get pregnant, I would save a little of my paycheck until the baby is born, but again I'm happy they are keeping a mother and her baby together although I think 3 months is enough
  • aliycat cheetah... 2012/09/02 03:30:40
    Too bad. Up here in Canada,we get the baby's 1st year,I'm pretty sure it's paid.
  • Mic-E 2012/09/01 04:06:20
    Yes! I think it's great when an company shows that they value and care for it's employees.
  • us 2012/09/01 02:54:30
    when i worked I only got 8 weeks off, then I had to go back to work. Why should a business pay longer, you choose to have a baby.
  • Pele Em... us 2012/09/01 17:42:23
    Pele Emerging
    They don't HAVE to pay it, but they figured out that they were saving money in the long run by retaining good employees. If it works for them, why should you say that they shouldn't do it?
  • us Pele Em... 2012/09/01 18:56:24
    May depend on where you work, it should not be where companies have to. Where i
    work at first there was no maturnity leave, but when I got back, I got paid, for being off,
    But only 8 weeks, that was so hard to go back to work. There some that go to umemployment.
  • Pele Em... us 2012/09/01 19:02:46
    Pele Emerging
    When I had my daughter 8 weeks was the norm--unpaid, unless you had sick leave. I was only working part time--20 hours a week, but it was really hard to go back to work. 3 months would have seemed great and 5 even better. I don't necessarily think it should be mandated, but more power to a company who realizes that retaining talented employees is a good thing.
  • us Pele Em... 2012/09/01 19:13:07
    I agree, I don't think anytime is easy to go back to work after having a baby.
    Did you try to get unemployment, because later in life I realize that women could go down for unemployment, I don't know if that was alway or something new.
  • Pele Em... us 2012/09/01 20:00:42
    Pele Emerging
    No. I went back to work. I don't know how it is now, but I would have had to quit that job, but be looking for another to collect unemployment. It was hard to go back to work, even part time, as I had the boss from hell, but I actually switched to full time in another department when my daughter was about 8 months old. It was easier, even switching to full time, because my new boss was better to work with than the old one. She was truly hell on wheels. I know now that she was a very unhappy person, but it didn't make her easier to work with then.
  • us Pele Em... 2012/09/03 03:35:24
    I'm sure it was still hard to work when your daughter was 8 months old.
    It also help if manager are friendly.
  • Pele Em... us 2012/09/03 03:42:33
    Pele Emerging
    The atmosphere made it better, but it's still hard. Now, I think my perceptions were warped. I suspect that I could have take more time off to be with my precious daughter, but she turned out alright. She's grown and married now, and beautiful and smart (not just her mother's prejudice speaking).
  • us Pele Em... 2012/09/03 03:48:28
    Sometimes I think maybe I should have stay home, but I like working,
    my daughter has her own apartment, she doing good. I not working now, because of personal problems, but now i wish my daughter was little. Time is funny, some things seem like it was the other day, but you know it was longer. By the way thank you for writing back.
  • Any us 2012/09/01 23:44:09
    Google doesn't have to pay, but in order to be competitive in the market and hold on to its employees, it's something they decided to do. If another company is offering a better package, qualified employees will leave for the better deal.
  • jeane us 2012/09/02 00:03:16
    Well I guess we could all stop having children - then no one will have to worry about the future!
  • Stephen 2012/09/01 02:45:33
    Google has so much money. Why not extend an added bonus to it's employees.
  • pdt_ski 2012/08/31 22:20:30
  • Dan 2012/08/31 21:57:16
    Hey! Good idea!
  • Eric 2012/08/31 20:02:54
    Well, it is as it should be. Let the marketplace decide and if Google gets the best people then they win, at least in the short term.
    It seems to me, however, that the lifespan of a corporation seems to be that they have great pay and benefits when things are doing great and then get dragged down by their high labor costs in latter years, like Xerox, Eastman Kodak, IBM, GM. Not many companies seem to be able to adapt as society changes.
  • DP 2012/08/31 19:11:37
    I believe that women shouldn't be working at all.

  • Pele Em... DP 2012/09/01 17:44:36
    Pele Emerging
    Oh? And what the heck are we supposed to be doing? My ex divorced me after 30 plus years of marriage. Thank GOD I am well able to support myself. No woman should be put in a position where she can't take care of herself, because she may end up forced to do it.
  • Any Pele Em... 2012/09/01 23:45:17
    I have a feeling she is trolling.

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