No, it’s not a software or fibre upgrade. This time we’re talking about an HR upgrade, where GO will start offering four weeks of birth leave to all new fathers and non-birthing parents.
In an interview with Lovin’ Malta, GO’s Chief People Officer Sarah Mifsud explained how some of her colleagues feel that they receive a degree of discrimination, and with this move, they are really putting families first and make it as easy as possible for parents to spend time with their children.
“They’d love to be a part of their child’s early days”, Sarah explained, “but they’re expected to be at work. We don’t only want to support our employees if they want to be with their newborn baby; we’re actively encouraging it.”
The move addresses discrimination in two ways. Firstly, it means that fathers can be present far more often during their child’s early days. Secondly, since the days don’t need to be taken all at once and can be spread out within the first birthing year, if the birthing parent also works, it would allow the non-birthing parent to take over care duties and allow the mother to ease back into the working life.
Everyone seems to love it!
The current law only allows for a single day of birth leave for fathers and non-birthing parents. Having said that, a David Casa-led 2019 EU directive is set to increase it to ten days.
Needless to say, the announcement was met with widespread acclaim, with many taking to Facebook to applaud the company on the decision, while also expressing hope that other companies will follow suit.
Should more companies adopt this approach?