Joining the ranks of companies like Netflix, Microsoft, Twitter, and Facebook, music streaming service Spotify announced this week that it would be changing its parental leave policy to encourage a healthy work-life balance for employees.
Now all full-time Spotify employees worldwide will be offered up to six months of paid parental leave that parents can use all at once, or split into increments up to their child’s third birthday, the company said in a press release. It’s also introducing a one-month “Welcome Back’’ program that will let parents “ease back into their jobs’’ by working from home, having flexible hours, or working on a part-time schedule.
Even though the policy change is going into effect in 2015, Spotify added that they will let parents who had children from the beginning of 2013 take advantage of it.
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The new rule should have a significant impact on local Spotify employees looking for a better balance between work and home.
In 2014, the music streaming service announced it would be opening its largest U.S. engineering outpost in Somerville with the acquisition of The Echo Nest, which provides key technology to power Spotify’s services using artificial intelligence and music data.
Spotify is currently looking to hire people in data engineering and product in Boston.
“This policy best defines who we are as a company, born out of a Swedish culture that places an emphasis on a healthy work/family balance, gender equality and the ability for every parent to spend quality time with the people that matter most in their lives,’’ said Katarina Berg, Spotify’s chief human resources officer.
This year has seen a wave of tech companies expand their parental leave policies, as employees have increasingly made known their desire for better benefits and paid time off over salary raises. This trend is only expected to increase as millennials, a generation known for wanting flexible work policies, take over the majority of the U.S. workforce.