How Bloomberg takes care of its journalists with newborns
Natalie Pattillo of Columbia Journalism Review writes about how media companies take care of journalists with newborns.
Pattillo writes, “Bloomberg also aims to be ‘world class in HR’ by supporting working parents. The company provides manager training and transition coaching for parents returning from leave, says Erika Irish Brown, Bloomberg’s chief diversity and inclusion officer. Brown shared that the company offers a gender-neutral parental leave policy that allows primary caregivers 18 weeks of fully paid leave, while non-primary caregivers are provided four weeks of fully paid leave. Additionally, Bloomberg grants working parents back-up care of up to 15 days per year.
“It’s important for big media companies to practice what they preach—if an outlet consistently advocates for universal/increased access to childcare for parents, it should offer that access. Refinery29, for instance, regularly covers gender inequality and childcare access but one Fairygodboss reviewer wrote that while the company is an ‘uplifting, female-driven place to work,’ it has ‘no sense of balance for moms/work-life.'”
Read more here. Bloomberg also offers four fully paid weeks of leave for the non-primary caregiver along with 15 paid days of backup childcare. (Its policy is gender neutral).