In 2015, Netflix announced an unlimited maternity and paternity leave policy within twelve months of a baby’s birth.
And yet there were detractors (there always will be).
“What about the people in the dvd distribution centers?”
“What about the customer service representatives?”
Yes, of course those parents deserve to be treated well too. Of course they want to be just as intentional in their parenting as the salaried employees.
But here’s the question we have to ask ourselves when we criticize a leave program like the one Netflix has implemented: is it better to discourage companies from doing anything at all because it’s never enough?
Or, are we more likely to make progress by encouraging them to continue to invest in their people?