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- Tech Companies Are Giving Extra Holidays To Take Care Of Children, Employees Who Have No Children Are Treating It As Discrimination
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Facebook's new headquarters in Silicon Valley, San Francisco California.
- Facebook, Twitter, Microsoft and Google give extra leave to child care workers
- Most of the objections were revealed in Facebook internal meetings and messages on the message board
(Daisuke Wakabayashi, Sheera Frankel) Closure of schools and child care centers created problems for parents after the corona virus spread in the US. Technology companies have helped their employees in this situation. They have been given facilities. Gave more time and holidays to the parents to take care of the children. After some time, the employees objected to those who do not have children.
In a meeting of Facebook employees, questions were raised on the policies that parents only benefit from. Controversy has surfaced on the message board in Twitter. An employee who has no children has accused an employee of taking leave to look after the child.
A six-week paid vacation to parents at Sales Force Company was welcomed by most employees. However, a manager said that two childless employees have complained of giving more facilities to the parents. Some such employees of many tech companies say that they feel neglected. Parents, on the other hand, say, their childless colleagues do not understand how to balance between work and raising children. The closure of the care centers in particular has caused problems. Then they also have to teach children at home.
Controversy is high in technology companies where there are more young workers. They expect attractive salary and facilities in exchange for plentiful work. Tech companies first allowed employees to work from home as the epidemic spread. It became clear that the children would be generously given holidays and additional discounts. Facebook has the most tension between parents and childless employees.
In March, Facebook gave employees ten weeks of paid vacation to look after children and sick elderly relatives. Google and Microsoft have also provided similar facilities. Facebook head Mark Zuckerberg said the company would not evaluate employees based on the first six months of work in 2020. There is also a dispute in Twitter. There employees have the facility of unlimited leave. Parent employees took more holidays, one employee wrote.
Three staff members said that Facebook has stopped discussing internal forums for some time. Its offices will be closed till October. When the online school started in California, the company said in August that its holiday policy would continue until June 2021. This year, employees taking a few holidays can take a ten-week holiday next year as well. This disgruntles employees who do not have children. Some wrote that the company was less concerned about their needs.
Questions raised in video conferencing of employees
Facebook's chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg called a video conference on August 20 of all the company's employees. More than two thousand employees asked what Facebook is doing for employees who do not have children. One employee wrote, “It is unfair that childless people do not have such facilities as the parents have given to the workers.”
This question is harmful, wrote an employee with children. Sandberg said, they disagree with the question of how to benefit parents. All employees have been given one thousand dollars to work from home. Everyone gets the usual bonus.