Netflix recently announced on their website that all of their employees are eligible for unlimited maternity or paternity leave, within a given one-year period. Per the release:
At Netflix, we work hard to foster a “freedom and responsibility” culture that gives our employees context about our business and the freedom to make their own decisions along with the accompanying responsibility. With this in mind, today we’re introducing an unlimited leave policy for new moms and dads that allows them to take off as much time as they want during the first year after a child’s birth or adoption.
This is life-changing information for people who hate their current job and dream about scoring a gig for a mega-popular entertainment company. Even for someone like myself who is fortunate enough to work in a fun atmosphere and write about goofy shit like how I’m an irresponsibly bad car owner, having a nine-to-five job doing godknowswhat for a streaming service that has become essential to survival in 2015 sounds like fucking bliss.
And to add envious insult to injury, Netflix also included in the release that, “We’ll just keep paying them normally, eliminating the headache of switching to state or disability pay.”
So on top of this dream job — that includes an idyllic SoCal setting — Netflix is now just rubbing it in everyone’s faces, because apparently they make so much money they can pay any schmo full-time salary for creating another human and not working. Fucking brilliant.
Netflix Chief Talent Officer signed off in saying, “Each employee gets to figure out what’s best for them and their family, and then works with their managers for coverage during their absences.” How many people do I have to kill to qualify for a position at this utopian company?
But seriously, good for Netflix. This might be the most well-liked corporate giant in the history of mankind, and as long as it doesn’t make them bump up the incredibly reasonable $7.99/month price tag, wise PR moves like this one will only keep its popularity rising.
Just so long as Apple doesn’t try to pull another copycat move like they did on Spotify, jeopardizing another awesomely affordable entertainment service. We’ve had enough of that shit..
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