Mark Zuckerberg is taking time off Facebook so that he can properly welcome his daughter into this world. The trend seems to be on the rise as many of United States’ parents are starting to adopt this sort of behavior when they expect a newborn. The reality of work nowadays practically implies that if you want a career you have to be there 100%. However, it would be abnormal for us as a society to believe that family is above work, because it isn’t. This is why this behavior is ideal.
Back in July this year Zuckerberg announced that he and his wife are expecting a daughter and that was also when he described his feelings in front of the world. Among the little details the couple have thought about, Zuckerberg mentioned that they have been “picking out their favorite childhood books and toys” and they’ve also given a lot of thought about how they would manage their time in the first months of her life.
The reason why Zuckerberg’s decision is highlighted is because of his important position that the holds within the world’s number one social media site. A job like this is bound to occupy most, if not all, of your time and Facebook’s CEO is also widely known for his major interest in the field. When you have a position like this one and you are expecting a baby, you obviously have to make a call: will it be the job or will it be the baby? And staying home is the right call.
This also serves as an example for the people who choose to continue to work, but are in more approachable positions compared to Zuckerberg’s. We are talking about the “can’t stay with the baby because my career cannot wait” stereotype. Frankly, if Facebook’s CEO decides that Facebook is not above his baby, you do not really have an excuse to leave yours at home because of who knows what role you play in the company.
The same subject was also tackled by Susan Wojcicki, Alphabet’s CEO, who highlighted how important paid maternity and paternity changes in the past have not also helped families raise their babies appropriately, but also helped the company overall. A parent returns to work “more confident and ready” knowing that their baby had all the care it needed.
So if Mark Zuckerberg is taking time off Facebook for his daughter, you’d best think about how important a leave is for your own baby.
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