Workforce Spotlight

Google: Prioritizing Employee Work/Life Balance

February 09, 2022

As workforce continues to be a top-of-mind issue for employers and the competition for skilled talent persists, employers have gotten more generous with salary and benefits packages to both attract and retain workers.  Recently, Google announced an increase to employee leave benefits to ensure parents and caregivers have more time with their families, and to provide more balance.

 

According to a recent Linkedin survey, 62 percent of workers are considering changing jobs. The biggest factors driving the change are better pay and better work/life balance.  With five generations currently in the workforce, Google understands that every employee’s needs differ, depending on where they are in life at any given moment, and they strive to provide support along the way.

 

According to Fiona Cicconi, Google’s Chief People Officer, “More than 40 percent of [Google’s} employees are in the ‘sandwich generation’, where they might find themselves both bringing up their children and caring for aging family members.  We want to support our employees at every stage of their lives, and that means providing extraordinary benefits, so they can spend more time with their new baby, look after a sick loved one, or take care of their own wellbeing.”

 

The changes include:

  • Expanding parental leave from 12 weeks to 18 weeks for all parents
  • Expanding birthing-parent leave from 18 weeks to 24 weeks
  • Doubling time to care for seriously ill loved-ones up to 8 weeks
  • All employees will now receive a minimum of 20 paid vacation days, up from 15