For the past couple of years, Silicon Valley has been focusing on keeping its employees happy and stress-free. Facebook of all other tech companies has been particularly involved in ensuring the well-being of its employees. The company has been formulating inclusive policies and offering perks that not only focus on making the work environment peaceful but also provide support during the difficult times.
Back in 2014, Facebook became one of the first companies to offer up to $20,000 to its employees for freezing their eggs. The company proved its commitment towards its employees in 2015 again by offering four months of paid baby leave for all new parents. Going a step further, Facebook is now giving its employees more time to grieve.
The social networking giant is not only extending the paid leave for the employees to grieve the loss of a family member but also upping the paid leave so that the employees can take care of their sick relatives.
“Starting today, Facebook employees will have up to 20 days paid leave to grieve an immediate family member, up to 10 days to grieve an extended family member, and will be able to take up to six weeks of paid leave to care for a sick relative,” Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg wrote in post on Facebook.
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She also said that the company was introducing ‘paid family sick time’ for the employees to tend to the short-term illness of their family member.
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“We’re also introducing paid family sick time – three days to take care of a family member with a short-term illness, like a child with the flu. This comes on top of our policies announced in 2015 to ensure that our contractors and vendors are paid a minimum of $15 an hour, receive paid vacation and sick days, and receive income during parental leave,” Sandberg wrote in her post.
The policy has been welcomed by both– people from within the company and outside.