New parents at Facebook can take up to four months of paid maternity or paternity leave throughout the first year, and the company’s CEO will be taking advantage of this opportunity himself after the impending birth of his daughter. In a Facebook post on Friday, Mark Zuckerberg shared the news, explaining that his decision to take two full months of paternity leave was a personal one, citing studies that show better outcomes for children and families when working parents take time to be with their newborns. Whatever his motives, Zuckerberg’s choice sends a positive top-down message to employees that parental leave is a valued and a valuable opportunity for new parents — and that even a company’s highest ranking officers can take time to be with their growing families. Zuckerberg and his wife, physician Priscilla Chan, announced the pregnancy in July in a moving post that acknowledged Chan’s three previous miscarriages. Best wishes to this couple as they embark on this new phase of their life. Perhaps having a baby will inspire even more philanthropic and entrepreneurial opportunities for children and families.

via CNN

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