Microsoft Introduces Family Benefits for Employees
Microsoft informed its Nigerian employees yesterday that it was enhancing its family leave benefits to ensure that they had adequate time to care for the people who matter most in their lives.
According to the tech giant, it had increased maternity leave to 20 weeks paid at 100 per cent and paternity/parental leave to six weeks paid at 100 per cent.
The Country Manager, Microsoft Nigeria, Akin Banuso, said, “This will ensure that all new parents will have time to bond with a new child, whether through birth or adoption.
“Microsoft is committed to driving a culture of diversity and inclusivity across our company, and providing leave benefits to both mothers and fathers is one of the ways we support that culture.”
Banuso added that the company introduced a new caregiver leave benefit, “which is four weeks of paid leave at 100 per cent to take care of an immediate family member with a serious health condition.”
Reacting to the development, the organised labour in the country commended the initiative by Microsoft, saying that it would help working mothers and fathers alike “to become more productive at work and readily available for their children and loved ones.”
Also speaking on the new development, the Secretary-General, Nigeria Labour Congress, Mr. Peter Ozo-Esan, called on other sectors to emulate the Microsoft example adding that it was only the food and beverages sector that had managed to initiate increased maternity leave time and allowances in the past. He said that the NLC would commence a nationwide campaign soon.
Several other large employers have added similar benefits in the past year. Last September, Deloitte began offering its employees 16 weeks of paid family leave for caregiving, and Facebook rolled out a caregiving leave benefit as well as bereavement leave in February to include 20 days of paid leave to grieve the loss of an immediate family member and up to six weeks of paid time to take care of sick relatives.