It is often hard for parents to leave their newborn babies at home and travel to work. They do so with a fear of losing an income. Telecommunications giant Vodacom has put an end to that fear for its employees.
Vodacom has announced that all its employees, regardless of their gender and sexual orientation, will have 16 weeks of fully paid parental leave.
Matimba Mbungela, Chief Human Resources Officer for Vodacom Group Matimba Mbungela, any employee whose partner is having a baby, adopts a child or becomes a parent through surrogacy will have the flexibility to take up to 16 weeks paid leave at any time during the first 18 months.
This is the Vodacom’s new leave policy, which is designed to support families by allowing every parent to have more time with children new to their family.
“Under the new leave policy, employees will also be able to phase their return from parental leave by working the equivalent of a 30 hour week at full pay for a further two months,” said Mbungela.
He further stated that the new parental leave policy further underlines their strong commitment to diversity and gender equality and will make a significant difference to thousands of Vodacom employees, particularly in markets where there is little or no legal requirement to give equal support for both parents
Vodacom is no stranger to this kind of initiative, in March 2015, Vodacom pioneered a maternity policy, offering women across all its markets and operations six months fully paid maternity leave and a 30-hour week at full pay for the first six months after their return to work. In 2017, Vodacom launched the ReConnect programme to attract talented women who have left the workplace for several years, often to raise a family who want to return to work but are struggling to make the professional connections needed or refresh the skills required.