Go on Adele, put ’25’ on Spotify – look what they’ve done

Another bonus post related to parental leave as I have only just seen the Spotify news. 

I have a love/hate relationship with Spotify, well maybe hate is too strong a word but definitely a love/niggle relationship. 

I love how easy it is to listen to a whole load of music you probably wouldn’t normally listen to, and I also used it for my wedding playlist really easily so saved a few quid on a DJ, but my niggle is that I can no longer access my old account since I left Facebook a year or so ago but sure I’ll sort out how to transfer everything one day!

But that’s forgotten for the moment as I can only applaud their new parental leave policy. 

Below is the statement of the policy from Katarina Berg, their  Chief Human Resources Officer:

“At Spotify, our people are our greatest assets. This team got us where we are today, and our ability to continue to deliver the world’s best music service lies in their hands.

Spotify is growing up fast and the team’s responsibilities at home and at work are growing with us. With this in mind, today we’re introducing a new, global, parental leave policy, developed to support all of our staff with families, wherever they are in the world.

Effective immediately:

– All full-time Spotify employees will be offered up to six months’ parental leave with 100% pay.

– Parents will be able to take their leave up to the child’s third birthday, with all Spotify employees who had children from the beginning of 2013 also eligible for the benefit.

 – Mothers and fathers are encouraged to take the full time off, with the added flexibility of splitting their leave into separate periods.

– We also know that following a period of parental leave, the transition back to work can be tricky. So we’re including a one month ‘Welcome Back!’ programme, allowing returning team members to ease back into their job with the ability to work from home, on a part time schedule and with flexible hours. 

This policy best defines who we are as a company, born out of a Swedish culture that places an emphasis on a healthy work/family balance, gender equality and the ability for every parent to spend quality time with the people that matter most in their lives.”

It’s pretty generous and not every company could be as generous but even if it wasn’t six months full pay being offered, what is still great is that it is totally gender neutral; the time can be taken at any time until the child is three; and there is a Welcome Back program in place. 

There is a slight condescending tone in some of the commentary, particularly in the US, almost implying that this is just some crazy Scandi thing that would never work in the US more generally, totally ignoring the fact that Spotify is a global business with 1,600 employees and was most recently valued at $8.5bn in their recent funding round.

Advice to all other corporate HR functions – Ctrl C and then Ctrl V – so simple, even I managed to do it!

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