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Parental leave: A bonus to business?

EconoMeter panel looks at upside of more time off

Roger Showley, SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE

Friday, August 14, 2015

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Kelly Cunningham, National University System
Answer: YES

It makes sense, especially for companies, such as Netflix and Microsoft, to offer extended leave, as competition for technically skilled talent has never been fiercer. Allowing employees to strike a balance between work and home is advantageous particularly as work becomes more intellectually challenging. Mandating such policies by imposing one-size-fits-all government requirements, however, is not necessary or useful. Companies should implement policies to fit needs of their own workforce and business operations.