Gentlemen, if you’ve ever dreamed about being a stay-at-home dad without being judged for going against the grain, your actual dream job has arrived.
According to The Independent, people who work for Richard Branson’s British conglomerate, the Virgin Group, could become eligible for a full 12-months paternity & maternity leave. Oh, and it’s full-paid. According to an extremely limited amount of research, this is believed to be the first full-paid that applies to men for a full year.
Virgin Group mega-mogul Sir Richard Branson should get some kind of ‘Man of the Year’ award for enacting this thing. Seriously, can you imagine a guy pulling this power move with his wife for the first year of his new child’s life? “Yeah, I took little Paul to the park, sliced his apples, changed his diapers three times, took an adorable Instagram picture with him, and signed him up for the finest preschool in the Tri-Cities. Oh, and I’m still on six-figures salary, definitely still bringing home that paper. Love you, babe.”
Maybe that’s what Branson was thinking all along. The closest thing to the non-fictional Most Interesting Man in the World, this dude has upwards of $5 billion to spare, and at age 64, could be starting to realize he won’t be able to spend all of that practically. Giving new dads who work under his roof the ultimate all-inclusive, stress-free start to parenthood might be the most considerate postgrad power move I’ve ever heard of.
For all of you reading this who have become inspired to pull a Peter Gibbons and proudly walk out of your job right now to follow through with your fresh dreams to move to England and join the Virgin empire, I have a buried lead to inform you of. The 12-months paid hookup only applies to the Virgin Management branch, which represents about 140 of the company’s roughly 40,000 staff members.
Time to hop on that MBA you’ve been pondering for years about, I guess..
[via The Independent]