For awhile there, I was worried. I didn’t know what was going to happen. With Netflix removing some of our favorite movies and deciding to charge us for multiple users (which is still stinging, if we’re being honest), I was starting to think that our love affair was over. Despite it’s crack-like qualities that made it oh-so addictive, their new policies were really making us lose interest.
And then, Netflix unveiled a policy so great, so life-changing, so goddam cool that it makes it impossible not to love them.
According to their blog, the company is officially offering paid maternity and paternity leave for all new parents (which is pretty rare in the good ol’ US of A). But the real kicker? These new moms and dads can take as much time off in the first year as they need to.
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.
We want employees to have the flexibility and confidence to balance the needs of their growing families without worrying about work or finances. Parents can return part-time, full-time, or return and then go back out as needed. We’ll just keep paying them normally, eliminating the headache of switching to state or disability pay. 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.
Babies plus cheesy romantic movies that we can stream instantly? I think ovaries all over the world just exploded from the cuteness. Not only do the women of Netflix get the exhale a sigh of relief because they won’t have to worry about going to work after 30 minutes of sleep, but the dads! Dads can now actually be dads the first few years of life without pulling the “I can’t get up to feed him, honey. Sorry. I have work tomorrow” card. Netflix, man. They sure do know how to screw with your emotions, don’t they? First we hate them for taking away what we love, and now we’re obsessed with them because they’re so sweet. Who needs to actually watch Netflix? The company’s policy updates are like a dramatic sit-com all on it’s own. And holy shit, we can’t get enough.
Hopefully other companies will take a page out of their book so we can all be miserable new parents in the comfort of our baby-vomit covered homes. All we need now is agreements to provide vaginal reconstruction surgery and boob jobs and the world will have finally found peace.
Until then, keep doing your thing, Netflix. And if I ever accidentally get knocked up, expect a job application from me..
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