“To promote positive parenting and ultimately children’s healthy development, parents should not overlook their own well-being and should take good care of themselves, such as leaving empty spaces on their calendar and taking a break,” suggested Cui.
Nestlé has strengthened its support of its employees who are parents by internally updating its Parenting Support Policy in the U.S. Introduced in late 2020, enhanced benefits for employees in the U.S. under the gender-neutral policy include:
- Expanded parent support leave for primary caregivers from 14 to 18 fully-paid weeks, with a maximum total leave of 26 weeks
- Extended leave for the parent who is not designated as the primary caregiver from one week to up to four fully-paid weeks
- Increased leave eligibility for adoptive parents of a minor child from under one year previously, to age eighteen.
In addition to the enhanced benefits, the policy reinforces employment protections, non-discrimination, health protection and the availability of flexible working options, as well as breastfeeding support. Nestlé recognizes that individual journeys to parenthood are very different, which is why its benefits include helping eligible employees pay for adoption expenses, and medical and prescription drug coverage for infertility treatments.
The Parenting Index will be revisited and updated every two years to track how the parenting experience evolves over time. To download a copy of the report, visit: www.theparentingindex.com.