After drawing fierce criticism and throwing working families into a tailspin by banning employee telecommuting two months ago, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer seems to be singing a slightly different tune.
The tough-talking technology leader gave birth to baby boy named McAllister nine months ago. While she famously took a minimal two-week maternity leave — and reportedly built a nursery at her own expense in the office next door to her own — Mayer has decided that all Yahoo employees should have their paid maternity leave doubled.
Per the new policy, both mothers and fathers now get eight weeks of paid maternity leave, and moms get an additional eight, for a total of 16 paid weeks for moms. New parents will also receive $500 towards child expenses such as babysitters and groceries.
In an email statement, Yahoo said this move is “part of a new effort to support the happiness and well-being of Yahoos and their families.
According to CNN, these changes, along with other additional new benefits, are in line with what other Silicon Valley tech companies offer in terms of perks.
Perhaps this is a move by Mayer to placate the families she angered with her telecommuting ban, or maybe she simply wants to make Yahoo more attractive to potential employees. It could also be that her pregnancy has softened her into realizing the importance of postpartum family time.
In any case, we say yes to more paid family leave. Way to go, Marissa!