Food aggregator Zomato has announced 26 weeks of paid paternal leaves for all its employees at par with the maternity leaves across the globe.
The company has also announced an endowment of $1000 per child to the new parents to help them revive from financial straining for the family. These policy changes will be applicable to even those employees who have had a child within the last 6 months.
Deepinder Goyal, Founder, Zomato in a blog post said, “For women across the globe (we have teams in 13 countries as we speak), we will be offering 26 weeks paid leave, or will follow the government mandated policy, whichever is more. We will be offering exactly the same benefits to men as well. There won’t be even an iota of difference in parental leave policy for men and women at Zomato going forward.”
“This policy also applies to non-birthing parents, and in cases of surrogacy, adoption, and same-sex partners”, he added.
He added that a lot of that imbalance at the top stems from an unequal leave policy for men and women when they welcome their children to this world.
He further added in his blog post, “I believe that young parents should be able to make a choice of how to care for their children. And that a myopic view of primary caregiving not only alienates one half of our workforce but also creates circumstances that lead to fewer female leaders within organizations, the community, and the nation.”
He also wished that governments across the world institutionalized paid parental leave– that will be the right thing to do for organizations as well as individuals. In fact, it’s time all major organizations took a step towards this much-needed way of life.